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Preservice Teachers' Conceptions of Mathematics and How to Teach It

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Author:Annie and John Selden; Mathematical Association of America
Description: "The way teachers explain mathematics depends, to a large extent, on the conceptual grasp they acquire in their college classes. In addition, they often teach as they were taught, modeling themselves after their college mathematics teachers as much as their K-12 teachers. Mathematics departments share in the preparation of all preservice teachers, and in particular, secondary education mathematics majors take many of the same courses as regular mathematics majors. What views of mathematics and its teaching do preservice teachers get while in college?" Organized into four sections: Subject Matter Knowledge vs. Pedagogical Content Knowledge; The [Case] Study: Learning to Teach Mathematics; Other Studies Showing Preservice Teachers' Subject Matter Knowledge Often Comes Up Short; and What's To Be Done? From the MAA's Teaching and Learning Research Sampler.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Ed Topics: Pre-Service, Math Ed Research/Reform

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