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Early childhood teachers' mathematical content knowledge

Fox, Jillian L., Grieshaber, Susan J., & Diezmann, Carmel M. (2010) Early childhood teachers' mathematical content knowledge. In Chandra, Vinesh, Hudson, Peter, & Lee, Kar-Tin (Eds.) STEM in Education Conference : Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Qld.

Abstract

The process of becoming numerate begins in the early years. According to Vygotskian theory (1978), teachers are More Knowledgeable Others who provide and support learning experiences that influence children’s mathematical learning. This paper reports on research that investigates three early childhood teachers mathematics content knowledge. An exploratory, single case study utilised data collected from interviews, and email correspondence to investigate the teachers’ mathematics content knowledge. The data was reviewed according to three analytical strategies: content analysis, pattern matching, and comparative analysis. Findings indicated there was variation in teachers’ content knowledge across the five mathematical strands and that teachers might not demonstrate the depth of content knowledge that is expected of four year specially trained early years’ teachers. A significant factor that appeared to influence these teachers’ content knowledge was their teaching experience. Therefore, an avenue for future research is the investigation of factors that influence teachers’ content numeracy knowledge.

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ID Code: 41164
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Early childhood teachers, mathematics, numeracy,, content knowledge, Vygotsky
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 STEM
Deposited On: 08 Apr 2011 09:04
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 15:34

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