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ERIC Number: EJ864271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0228-0671
The Emergence of a "Better" Idea: Preservice Teachers' Growing Understanding of Mathematics for Teaching
Towers, Jo; Martin, Lyndon
For the Learning of Mathematics, v29 n3 p44-48 2009
In this paper we explore the growth of understanding of a group of preservice teachers, and their instructor, as they work collectively together on what we describe as a "mathematics for teaching" task. Through drawing on elements of improvisational theory, in particular the notion of the "better idea," we analyse how the preservice teachers' understanding of a particular mathematical concept as a teachable idea emerges as they work together. We build on this analysis to suggest that certain kinds of improvisational actions can be a powerful means through which student teachers might think about and learn mathematics for teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A