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ERIC Number: EJ836491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1442-3901
Assessing Pre-Service Teachers' Mathematics Subject Knowledge
Ryan, Julie; McCrae, Barry
Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, v7 p72-89 2005-2006
We report the development of an assessment instrument that provides a profile of the attainment and the errors of pre-service primary teachers across the mathematics curriculum. We describe test development, analyses and test validation involving a sample of 426 pre-service teachers in the first year of their training in primary education courses in Australia. We discuss a range of errors, strategies and misconceptions made across different strands of the mathematics curriculum and show that pre-service teachers are making the same errors as children. A second sample of 86 pre-service teachers in England was used to validate the test. We also describe how these pre-service teachers in the second year of their program made sense of their personalised diagnostic profile from the test in order to develop their mathematics subject knowledge. (Contains 9 tables and 5 figures.)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. GPO Box 2747, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England)