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ERIC Number: EJ902487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Preservice Teachers' Analysis of Children's Work to Make Instructional Decisions
Cooper, Sandi
School Science and Mathematics, v109 n6 p355-362 Oct 2009
Teaching is an interactive process in which teachers gather information, analyze the results, and construct a response based on this diagnosis (Cooney, 1988). Considering alternatives in constructing a response, that is, making an instructional decision, is of great importance in teaching. How might mathematics teacher educators provide experiences for preservice teachers to begin the development of this skill? In an attempt to determine how these experiences might reveal the level of understanding preservice teachers have in regards to children's mathematical thinking, a study was conducted over three semesters. During the mathematics methods course, preservice teachers were involved in analyzing children's work through the review and discussion of several samples. They were required to determine the error pattern, discuss what might have lead to this misconception, and suggest appropriate instructional strategies that might help this student. Although most preservice teachers could correctly identify the computational error patterns, they had difficulty in determining what might have led to the misconceptions and proposing effective instructional strategies. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A