A `knowledge quartet' used to identify a second-year pre-service teacher's primary mathematical content knowledge

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Abstract

This paper draws on observation of a primary mathematics lesson prepared and taught by a second-year pre-service teacher who lacked mathematical content knowledge. A `knowledge quartet (Rowland, Turner, Thwaites, Huckstep, 2009) was used to investigate when and how a pre-service teacher drew on their knowledge of mathematics during primary teaching. Data were collected from field notes, audio recording of part of a lesson, and an interview with the pre-service teacher after the lesson. Discussion focuses on the four characteristics of the `knowledge quartet : foundation, connection, transformation and contingency. Conclusions suggested that pre-service teachers need to continue developing their mathematical content knowledge to assist with future planning and teaching of primary mathematics lessons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShaping the future of mathematics education: Proceedings of the 33rd annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsLen Sparrow, Barry Kissane, Chris Hurst
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Pages344 - 351
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781920846251
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2010 - Fremantle, Australia
Duration: 3 Jul 20107 Jul 2010
Conference number: 33rd
https://www.merga.net.au/Public/Public/Publications/Annual_Conference_Proceedings/2010_MERGA_CP.aspx (Proceedings)

Conference

ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2010
Abbreviated titleMERGA 2010
CountryAustralia
CityFremantle
Period3/07/107/07/10
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