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ERIC Number: EJ1174212
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Teacher Knowledge and Learning "In-situ": A Case Study of the Long Division Algorithm
Takker, Shikha; Subramaniam, K.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v43 n3 Article 1 p1-20 Mar 2018
The aim of the study reported in this paper was to explore and enhance experienced school mathematics teachers' knowledge of students'thinking, as it is manifested in practice. Data were collected from records of classroom observations, interviews with participating teachers, and weekly teacher-researcher meetings organized in the school. In this paper, we discuss the mathematical challenges faced by a primary school teacher as she attempts to unpack the structure of the division algorithm, while teaching in a Grade 4 classroom. Through this case study, we exemplify how a focus on mathematical knowledge for teaching 'in situ' helped in triggering a change in the teacher's well-formed knowledge and beliefs about the teaching and learning of the division algorithm, and related students' capabilities. We argue that in the context of educational reform, an analysis of knowledge demands placed on the teacher helps in understanding and supporting teachers' work.
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Case Studies, Arithmetic, Mathematics Teachers, Grade 4, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Intervention, Thinking Skills, Problem Solving, Educational Change, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development, Curriculum Development, Observation, Semi Structured Interviews
Edith Cowan University. Bradford Street, Mount Lawley, West Australia 6050, Australia. Web site: http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ajte/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India