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ERIC Number: EJ914342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1442-3901
How Deeply and How Well? How Ready to Teach Mathematics after a One-Year Program?
Norton, Stephen
Mathematics Teacher Education and Development, v12 n1 p65-84 2010
The importance of teachers' content knowledge for effective teaching of mathematics has long been recognised. Recent national testing regimes in Australia (National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy [NAPLAN]) have raised questions of the adequacy of teachers' content knowledge. This, in turn has focused attention upon the quality of teacher education programs. In this study 131 Graduate Diploma of Primary Education students undertook the 2008 Year 9 national tests of numeracy before and after a pre-service teacher education unit on mathematics education. The purpose was first to examine, upon entry to the course and then after training, their knowledge of the mathematics concepts they were likely to teach, and second to compare this knowledge with that of the students whom they would be teaching. While there was evidence of some inadequacy of entry-level mathematical knowledge, improvement over the life of the study was reported. The implications of these findings are examined in the context of a one-year graduate diploma pathway to teacher preparation. (Contains 5 tables and 3 figures.)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. GPO Box 2747, Adelaide SA 5001, Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 9; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia