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ERIC Number: EJ847280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
A Preservice Secondary Teacher's Moves to Protect Her View of Herself as a Mathematics Expert
Plummer, Julie Stafford; Peterson, Blake E.
School Science and Mathematics, v109 n5 p247-257 May 2009
This paper discusses the experience of a preservice secondary mathematics teacher during lesson study. Although the preservice teacher was a strong undergraduate mathematics student, she used compensation "moves" to deflect attention away from her insecurities about her conceptual understanding of secondary mathematics. She feared being labeled as "dumb" and redirected conversations in order to protect her identity as a knower of mathematics. This paper investigates the culture in which preservice teachers develop confidence in their personal mathematics knowledge and how that confidence may influence behavior.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A