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White, D.; Sullivan, E. – PRIMUS, 2018
Teaching teachers to participate in mathematical inquiry has the potential to both transform belief systems about mathematics and to transform teachers from consumers of mathematics to producers of mathematics. The focus of this paper is to describe the use of a problem, based on a non-traditional binary operation, to encourage and teach…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Preservice Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Problem Solving
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Libeskind, Shlomo – PRIMUS, 2011
In this article, the author suggests that to improve the teaching of mathematics in elementary schools, we must, when teaching content courses to prospective teachers, model the kind of teaching we want them to engage in. The author suggests ways to model this kind of teaching, which include the following: (1) challenge "all" students; (2)…
Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education
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Abramovich, Sergei; Brouwer, Peter – PRIMUS, 2011
This article is a reflection on an elementary pre-service teacher's intuitive idea offered as a mistaken solution strategy for counting matchsticks. It shows the difficulties in responding to flawed lines of intuitive reasoning arising in the classroom setting. A number of learning environments for teacher professional development are suggested…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics
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Chinn, Phyllis; And Others – Primus, 1992
Presents examples of questions and answers arising from a hands-on and exploratory approach to discrete mathematics using cuisenaire rods. Combinatorial questions about trains formed of cuisenaire rods provide the setting for discovering numerical patterns by experimentation and organizing the results using induction and successive differences.…
Descriptors: Discovery Learning, Elementary School Teachers, Higher Education, Instructional Materials