Self-reported mathematical problem-solving skills of future mathematics teachers

South African Journal of Childhood Education

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Title Self-reported mathematical problem-solving skills of future mathematics teachers
Creator Fonseca, Kathleen
Subject — initial teacher education; mathematics content courses; mathematical problem-solving; student teachers; mathematical knowledge for teaching
Description Background: During their university studies, student teachers are equipped for the teaching profession in various domains of knowledge and practice. In addition to learning pedagogic skills for practice purposes, they also expand their knowledge of the subjects that they will teach. In mathematics teacher education, one important principle is that the content of the subject must, somehow, be fused with the pedagogy in what has become known as mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT). Although several studies have been conducted about students’ performance of MKT, there is little research in South Africa about how students routinely experience the coursework itself. In this study, I argue that mathematics knowledge and skills should ideally precede the teaching of pedagogy, for reasons of communicating the concepts clearly and for building a foundation of mathematical thinking prior to practising teaching skills.Aim: To find out what the student teachers’ self-reported experience of one component of a mathematics content course are, namely their engagement with problem-solving tasks.Methods: A qualitative case study of student teachers’ learning, with the primary source of data, the student teachers’ reflective journal entries. Data were analysed through coding, categorising and thematised mindful of the MPSKT framework.Results: The findings indicated that, whilst the students’ understanding of the processes of problem-solving was deepened during the course, matters of pedagogy arose spontaneously.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor Learning Science in and for the Primary School: Student Teachers’ Knowledge and Children’s NRF-DST Theory. Grant no: 90372.
Date 2021-10-22
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajce.v11i1.1011
Source South African Journal of Childhood Education; Vol 11, No 1 (2021); 8 pages 2223-7682 2223-7674
Language eng
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