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ERIC Number: EJ872484
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Secondary Pre-Service Teachers' Content Knowledge for State Assessments: Implications for Mathematics Education Programs
Wilburne, Jane M.; Long, Michael
Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, v1 Jan 2010
Seventy secondary mathematics pre-service teachers from two universities were assessed on their content knowledge, vocabulary knowledge, and their perceived confidence in teaching the content addressed on the eleventh grade state assessment. The results indicate the pre-service teachers had significant content weakness in data analysis, algebra, and pre-calculus concepts. Correlation analyses revealed strong associations between their content knowledge and vocabulary knowledge, and between their content knowledge and their perceived comfort with teaching the content. The study supports the need for mathematics education programs to include a strong emphasis on making connections between the college-level content courses, secondary methods courses, and secondary mathematics content across the curriculum. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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