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Using tasks to explore teacher knowledge in situation-specific contexts

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posted on 23.09.2011, 09:53 by Irene Biza, Elena Nardi, Theodossios Zachariades
Research often reports an overt discrepancy between theoretically/out-of context expressed teacher beliefs about mathematics and pedagogy and actual practice. In order to explore teacher knowledge in situation-specific contexts we have engaged mathematics teachers with classroom scenarios (Tasks) which: are hypothetical but grounded on learning and teaching issues that previous research and experience have highlighted as seminal; are likely to occur in actual practice; have purpose and utility; and, can be used both in (pre- and in-service) teacher education and research through generating access to teachers’ views and intended practices. The Tasks have the following structure: reflecting upon the learning objectives within a mathematical problem (and solving it); examining a flawed (fictional) student solution; and, describing, in writing, feedback to the student. Here we draw on the written responses to one Task (which involved reflecting on solutions of x+x−1=0 of 53 Greek in-service mathematics teachers in order to demonstrate the range of teacher knowledge (mathematical, didactical and pedagogical) that engagement with these tasks allows us to explore.

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

Citation

BIZA, I. ...et al., 2007. Using tasks to explore teacher knowledge in situation-specific contexts. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 10 (4-6), pp. 301-309.

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© Springer

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2007

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This article was published in the journal, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education [© Springer] and the original publication is available at www.springerlink.com

ISSN

1386-4416;1573-1820

Language

en

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