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ERIC Number: EJ837535
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0732-3123
Multipurpose Professional Growth Sequence: The Catwalk Problem as a Paradigmatic Example
Rasmussen, Chris
Journal of Mathematical Behavior, v27 n4 p246-249 2008
An important concern in mathematics teacher education is how to create learning opportunities for prospective and practicing teachers that make a difference in their professional growth as educators. The first purpose of this article is to describe one way of working with prospective and practicing teachers in a graduate mathematics education course that holds promise for positively influencing the way teachers think about mathematics, about student learning, and about mathematics teaching. Specifically, I use the "catwalk" task as an example of how a single problem can serve as the basis for a coherent sequence of professional learning experiences. A second purpose of this article is to provide background information that contextualizes the subsequent two articles, each of which details the positive influence of the catwalk task sequence on the authors' professional growth. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
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