Facilitating growth in prospective teachers’ knowledge : teaching geometry in primary schools

Nason, Rodney A., Chalmers, Christina, & Yeh, Andy (2012) Facilitating growth in prospective teachers’ knowledge : teaching geometry in primary schools. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education.

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This paper reports on a study that focused on growth of understanding about teaching geometry by a group of prospective teachers engaged in lesson plan study within a computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environment. Participation in the activity was found to facilitate considerable growth in the participants’ pedagogical-content knowledge (PCK). Factors that influenced growth in PCK included the nature of the lesson planning task, the cognitive scaffolds inserted into the CSCL virtual space, the meta-language scaffolds provided to the participants, and the provision of both private and public discourse spaces. The paper concludes with recommendations for enhancing effective knowledge-building discourse about mathematics PCK within prospective teacher education CSCL environments.

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ID Code: 47899
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Springer Online First publication
Keywords: Teacher education, Pedagogical content knowledge, Computer supported collaborative learning, Mathematics education, HERN
DOI: 10.1007/s10857-012-9209-0
ISSN: 1386-4416
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Springer
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink http://www.springerlink.com
Deposited On: 10 May 2012 22:06
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2015 23:52

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