ERIC Number: EJ785253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
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Preparing Vietnamese Student Teachers for Teaching with a Student-Centered Approach
Thanh, Thuy Nguyen; Dekker, Rijkje; Goedhart, Martin J.
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v11 n1 p61-81 Feb 2008
The Vietnamese curriculum reform which trends toward a student-centered approach requires Vietnamese teacher educators to prepare student teachers for teaching using this approach. In this article, we present a case study of three Vietnamese student teachers working in groups in a methods course to explore Freudenthal's theory of realistic mathematics education (RME). The course emphasized students' knowledge construction in meaningful contexts. Transcripts of class discussions and group discussions, interviews, student teachers' lesson plans, and journal writings were the main data sources that were used to investigate the development of student teachers' views on mathematics and mathematics education during the course. The deliberation about teaching strategies of three subjects working in a group to design lesson plans were also analyzed. The findings showed that the three student teachers explored new meanings of mathematics teaching that caused them to shift from their traditional point of view to a student-centered one. The student teachers were able to adapt the texts of their lessons to suit the student-centered approach. It is noted that among three subjects, there were two student teachers who questioned the realization possibilities of the student-centered approach in the Vietnamese educational context where the social and political conditions are not favorable for teaching with this approach.
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Student Teachers, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Mathematics Education, Lesson Plans, Educational Change, Teacher Educators, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Student Teacher Attitudes, Interviews, Journal Writing, Student Centered Curriculum
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Identifiers - Location: Vietnam