ERIC Number: EJ837601
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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Prospective Middle School Mathematics Teachers' Reflective Thinking Skills: Descriptions of Their Students' Thinking and Interpretations of Their Teaching
Jansen, Amanda; Spitzer, Sandy M.
Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, v12 n2 p133-151 Apr 2009
In this study, we examined prospective middle school mathematics teachers' reflective thinking skills to understand how they learned from their own teaching practice when engaging in a modified lesson study experience. Our goal was to identify variations among prospective teachers' descriptions of students' thinking and frequency of their interpretations about how teaching affected their students' learning. Thirty-three participants responded to open-ended questionnaires or interviews that elicited reflections on their own teaching practice. Prospective teachers used two forms of nuance when describing their students' thinking: (1) identifying students' specific mathematical understandings rather than general claims and (2) differentiating between individual students' thinking rather than characterizing students as a collective group. Participants who described their students' thinking with nuance were more likely to interpret their teaching by posing multiple hypotheses with regard to how their instruction affected their students' learning. Implications for supporting continued growth in reflective thinking skills are discussed in relation to these results.
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Reflective Teaching, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods, Middle School Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Reflection, Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Mathematics
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