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Cunningham, Robert F.; Cook, Kimberly N. – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2020

This study used a pretest-posttest design to explore the scoring by female preservice teachers (n=25) of student responses to a pattern problem. The treatment consisted of a cooperative activity that required the preservice teachers to assign scores to a rubric intended to enhance careful attention to student reasoning expressed in written…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Evaluation, Pretests Posttests, Females

Patterson, Blain – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2020

In this study, we examine the connections between real analysis concepts and secondary mathematics content. This is accomplished by conducting a textbook analysis of a commonly used real analysis textbook. Concepts from the real analysis textbook were mapped to the Common Core State Standards-Mathematics (2010) to determine the relationship…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Secondary School Mathematics, Textbook Evaluation, Common Core State Standards

Beach, Janessa; Álvarez, James A. Mendoza; Jorgensen, Theresa – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2020

Recommendations for preparing teachers of mathematics have been published by multiple professional organizations in the United States; however, there is limited research on whether student course perceptions affirm the instructor-identified alignment of mathematics content courses for prospective secondary mathematics teachers (PSMTs) to these…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Courses

Obara, Samuel – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2020

This paper discusses strategies that two high school geometry teachers employed to solve a challenging geometry problem with the aid of dynamic geometry software (The Geometer's Sketchpad (GSP). The teachers were part of a group of teachers who participated in a summer professional institute funded by the National Science Foundation. The paper…

Descriptors: Computer Software Evaluation, High School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Geometry

Chesler, Joshua; Chang, Jen-Mei – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2019

The United States' Common Core Standards for Mathematics give a prominent role for mathematical modeling in the K-12 curriculum. This has implications and creates challenges for teacher preparation programs. We describe one program's attempt to meet these challenges with a course in mathematical modeling for pre-service secondary mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Common Core State Standards, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education

Pair, Jeffrey; Johnson, Kim; Lee, Carrie W.; Sawyer, Amanda G. – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2019

In this essay, we describe some challenges that mathematics teacher educators may face when teaching content courses for future elementary and middle school teachers. We summarize research that suggests students in content courses may have fixed mindsets, unproductive beliefs, and mathematics anxiety that can interfere with their ability to learn…

Descriptors: Mathematics Anxiety, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction

Max, Brooke; Amstutz, Molly – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2019

Mathematics content for elementary teachers (MCfET) courses generally provide prospective elementary teachers (PTs) with opportunities to engage with mathematical content and consider it from a teacher's perspective, yet little is known about the intended curriculum of such courses. Findings from an analysis of MCfET course activities using the…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Ewing, Jim; Gresham, Gloria Jeanie; Dickey, Benjamin – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2019

Engaging in productive struggle--grappling with challenging problems--is conducive to understanding mathematics. This paper examines five pre-service teachers as they learned to engage English language learners in productive struggle. The context of this descriptive case study was an elementary mathematics methods course in the Northeastern United…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Learner Engagement, English Language Learners, Mathematics Instruction

Kalinec-Craig, Crystal A.; Prasad, Priya V.; Mira, Raquel Vallines; Walls, Carey – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2019

This paper details an exploratory study of 14 elementary prospective teachers (PTs) solving purposefully crafted, two-digit addition problems. The numbers in each problem were chosen to elicit diverse solution strategies. We coded 95 responses based on the ways the PTs completed the calculation (for example, by referring to the number as…

Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Addition, Problem Solving

Barry, Arlene L.; Gay, A. Susan; Pelkey, M. Lisa; Rothrock, Katrina; Mnayer, Margaret – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2019

The purpose of this study was to fill a gap in the literature on student learning and use participant feedback to improve the pedagogical effectiveness in mathematics and literacy classrooms. To this end, an anonymous, semi-structured Qualtrics survey was developed and administered to 1,212 recent high school graduates asking about the best way to…

Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes

Karakus, Fatih – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2018

The aim of this study was to examine the pre-service mathematics teachers' technological pedagogical content knowledge and beliefs using computer technology in mathematics instruction, as well as the effects of teacher training programs on these beliefs and knowledge. Participants included 199 pre-service elementary mathematics teachers. Of these,…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Technological Literacy, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Computer Uses in Education

van der Sandt, Suriza – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2018

Current educational reform in mathematics education reflects attempts to incorporate the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The CCSS decrees both content standards and mathematical practices (process standards) that students should master if they are to be sufficiently prepared for college or a career. This paper investigates the confidence…

Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, Case Studies, Mathematics Instruction

Busi, Rich; Jacobbe, Tim – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2018

This study investigated the impact of analyzing student work on preservice teachers' knowledge and beliefs about mathematics teaching. Forty-two prospective teachers participated. Data were collected using established instruments from the Integrating Mathematics and Pedagogy (IMAP) project and from the Learning Mathematics for Teaching (LMT)…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Jeffery, Tonya D.; Hobson, Lisa D.; Conoyer, Sarah J.; Miller, Karyn E.; Leach, Lesley F. – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2018

Mathematics teacher quality has become a major focus in national education reform efforts. In addition, there is an increasing interest in the effectiveness of teacher preparation programs and the undergraduate preparation of elementary mathematics teachers. Empirical evidence suggests that teacher attitudes, behaviors and values, or dispositions,…

Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Undergraduate Students, Preservice Teachers

Johnson, Gwendolyn; Jorgensen, Theresa; Fuentes, Sarah Quebec; Kribs-Zaleta, Christopher M.; Gawlik, Christina – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2018

Teachers' mathematics content knowledge has been shown to be correlated with children's learning. Because teachers often enter teacher preparation programs with weak content knowledge, the college level mathematics courses they take can have a significant impact on the development of that knowledge. The present study examines the mathematics…

Descriptors: Mathematics, Course Content, Mathematics Teachers, Preservice Teachers