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The professional development of primary school mathematics teachers through a design-based research methodology


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Title The professional development of primary school mathematics teachers through a design-based research methodology
Creator Biccard, Piera
Subject mathematics education Mathematics teacher professional development; primary school mathematics teachers; in-service training; design-based research; model-eliciting tasks
Description This article sets out a professional development programme for primary school mathematics teachers. Clark and Hollingsworth’s model of teacher change provided the theoretical framework necessary to understand teacher change. A design study allowed for increased programme flexibility and participator involvement. Five volunteer primary school teachers teaching at South African state schools were involved in the programme for a period of one year and their pedagogy, use of mathematical content and context developed during the programme. Twenty lessons were observed over the year-long period. An observation rubric that specifically focused on mathematical pedagogy, use of context and mathematical content scale guided the researcher to gauge global changing teacher practices. Teacher growth was evident through their professional experimentation and changes in their personal domain. The design features emanating from the study are that teachers be given opportunities to experience reform tasks (e.g. model-eliciting tasks) in the role of learners themselves and teachers should be encouraged to use contextual problems to initiate concept development. More mathematical detail in lesson planning is also necessary. Furthermore, teachers need appropriately designed resource materials to teach in new ways. It is recommended that professional development includes teachers engaging collaboratively in solving rich tasks. This study adds to the growing body of knowledge regarding teacher development programmes that focus on how teachers change their own classroom practices.
Publisher AOSIS Publishing
Date 2019-12-17
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/pythagoras.v40i1.515
Source Pythagoras; Vol 40, No 1 (2019); 10 pages 2223-7895 1012-2346
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa — —
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Piera Biccard