ERIC Number: EJ829763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
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Number Sense Strategies Used by Pre-Service Teachers in Taiwan
Yang, Der-Ching; Reys, Robert E.; Reys, Barbara J.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, v7 n2 p383-403 Apr 2009
This study examined number sense strategies and misconceptions of 280 Taiwanese pre-service elementary teachers who responded to a series of real-life problems. About one-fifth of the pre-service teachers applied number sense-based strategies (such as using benchmarks appropriately or recognizing the number magnitude) while a majority of pre-service teachers relied on rule-based methods. This finding is consistent with earlier studies in Taiwan that fifth, sixth, and eighth grade students tended to rely heavily on written methods rather than using number sense-based strategies. This study documents that the performance of pre-service elementary teachers on number sense is low. If we want to improve elementary students' knowledge and use of number sense, then action should be taken to improve the level of their future teachers' number sense.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 8, Misconceptions, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Teacher Education, Elementary School Teachers, Number Concepts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 8
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan