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ERIC Number: EJ859285
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Pre-Service Teachers' Fieldtrip to the Battleship: Teaching and Learning Mathematics through an Informal Learning Experience
Johnson, Denise Terry; Chandler, Farrah Jackson
Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, v2 Apr 2009
Teacher education programs are designed to provide candidates opportunities to explore effective ways to teach K-12 students mathematics. Although many of these experiences engage candidates in investigations of pedagogies using technology, manipulatives, media, etc., they often only involve and emphasize more formal experiences such as demonstrated in micro-teaching, K-12 school classroom internships, and mathematics content courses. This article describes teacher candidates' capabilities of learning how to teach mathematics through an informal learning experience. Candidates visited the North Carolina Battleship and wrote lesson plans on integrating the Battleship culture into high school mathematics objectives. The article concludes with a discussion of candidates' reaction to and attitudes about the informal learning experience and their perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of learning teaching strategies in this fashion. (Contains 3 figures.)
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University. Broadway and Boston, Lubbock, TX 79409-1042. Tel: 806-742-2566; Fax: 806-742-1112; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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