ERIC Number: EJ815191
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
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Learning Mathematics for Teaching in the Student Teaching Experience: Two Contrasting Cases
Peterson, Blake E.; Williams, Steven R.
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v11 n6 p459-478 Nov 2008
Student teaching (guided teaching by a prospective teacher under the supervision of an experienced "cooperating" teacher) provides an important opportunity for prospective teachers to increase their understanding of mathematics in and for teaching. The interactions between a student teacher and cooperating teacher provide an obvious mechanism for such learning to occur. We report here on data that is part of a larger study of eight student teacher/cooperating teacher pairs, and the core themes that emerged from their conversations. We focus on two pairs for whom the core conversational themes represent disparate approaches to mathematics in and for teaching. One pair, Blake and Mr. B., focused on controlling student behavior and rarely talked about mathematics for teaching. The other pair, Tara and Mr. T., focused on having students actively participating in the lesson and on mathematics from the students' point of view. These contrasting experiences suggest that student teaching can have a profound effect on prospective teachers' understanding of mathematics in and for teaching.
Descriptors: Student Teaching, Student Teachers, Student Behavior, Teaching Experience, Cooperating Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Student Attitudes, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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