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ERIC Number: EJ835492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Rectangles and Rhombi: How Well Do Preservice Teachers Know Them?
Pickreign, Jamar
Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, v1 Feb 2007
This descriptive study investigated preservice teachers' understanding of the properties and relationships among parallelograms. Forty preservice teachers in a pre-methods mathematics course for elementary education provided written descriptions of the terms rectangle and rhombus. These responses were sorted into categories according to similarities in description. Results show that only nine respondents articulated adequate descriptions of rectangle and only 1 respondent articulated an adequate description of rhombus. The findings are consistent with the body of literature showing teachers of young children are in need of further development of their conceptions of mathematics ideas--particularly in geometry. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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