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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

Murray, Eileen; Baldinger, Erin; Wasserman, Nicholas; Broderick, Shawn; White, Diana – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2017

There is an ongoing debate among scholars in understanding what mathematical knowledge secondary teachers should have in order to provide effective instruction. We explore connections between advanced and secondary mathematics as an entry point into this debate. In many cases, advanced mathematics is considered relevant for secondary teachers…

Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers

Ortiz, Enrique – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2017

This study analyzed pre-service teachers' ability to identify and implement cognitive levels. The framework involved the use of the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) cognitive levels combined with the Virtual-level (CPVA-levels). The V-level involves applets and apps, and three digital-dynamic sublevels: virtual-Concrete, virtual-Pictorial…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mathematical Concepts, Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Teachers

Clooney, Sarah; Cunningham, Robert F. – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2017

This study examined the perspectives of what high-quality mathematics instruction looks like. Written responses from preservice (n = 20) and inservice (n = 16) mathematics teachers were collected and categorized according to the Ten Principles developed by Anthony & Walshaw (2009). The responses of preservice teachers more often than inservice…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Student Attitudes

Barry, Arlene L.; Gay, A. Susan; Pelkey, M. Lisa; Rothrock, Katrina – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2017

Student teachers informed their professors that it was no longer the practice to use traditional textbooks to teach mathematics to teens. This notion caused the authors to undertake a nationwide survey to inquire about the types of math text used by novice teachers. Responses showed that a textbook did continue dominance. A majority said they…

Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Student Teachers, Adolescents

Jung, Hyunyi; Strikwerda, Sarah L.; Park, Joyce; Newton, Jill – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2017

This study investigates secondary mathematics preservice teachers' (M-PSTs') opportunities to learn about algebra as reported by five teacher preparation programs. Ten focus group interview transcripts were analyzed using systematic grounded theory. When M-PSTs mentioned specific algebra tasks during the focus group interviews, the instructors'…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Algebra

Alvey, Christina; Hudson, Rick A.; Newton, Jill; Males, Lorraine M. – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2016

This study analyzes the responses of 12 secondary pre-service teachers on two tasks focused on reasoning when solving linear equations. By documenting the choices PSTs made while engaging in these tasks, we gain insight into how new teachers work mathematically, reason algebraically, communicate their thinking, and make pedagogical decisions. We…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics)

Hinton, Vanessa; Flores, Margaret; Burton, Megan; Curtis, Rebecca – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2015

The purpose of this mixed method study was to investigate future special education teachers' preparation for effectively teaching mathematics. During the last semester of their program, pre-service special education teachers completed elementary level mathematics computation and problem solving assessments, a mathematics efficacy beliefs survey,…

Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Preservice Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Mathematics Skills

Chesler, Joshua – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2015

Undergraduate mathematics programs must prepare teachers for the challenges of teaching statistical thinking as advocated in standards documents and statistics education literature. This study investigates the statistical thinking of pre-service secondary mathematics teachers at the end of their undergraduate educations. Although all had completed…

Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Statistics

Turgut, Melih – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2015

This study investigated the effects of gender, academic performance and preschool education on mental rotation skills among Turkish prospective teachers. A total of 525 undergraduate students (364 female) from a government university located in western Turkey completed the Mental Rotation Test (MRT). A three-way [2 (gender) × 5 (academic…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Gender Differences, Academic Achievement, Preschool Education

Stavrou, Stavros Georgios – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2014

Ninety-seven education students majoring or minoring in mathematics had their math homework examined in a Number Theory or Abstract Algebra course. Each student's homework was observed for the purpose of identifying common errors and misconceptions when writing mathematical proofs. The results showed that students collectively made four…

Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Education Majors, Mathematics Education, Homework

Bargagliotti, Anna E.; Jacobbe, Tim; Webb, Derek – Issues in the Undergraduate Mathematics Preparation of School Teachers, 2014

Since the prevalence of data and statistics in the media and workplace has greatly increased over the past few decades, the teaching of statistics in K-12 grades has also increased. This necessitates that teachers be ready to teach statistical concepts throughout the grade levels. The recently adopted Common Core State Standards for Mathematics…

Descriptors: Statistics, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Guidelines