Connecting with the horizon: Developing teachers' appreciation of mathematical structure

Colleen Vale, Alasdair McAndrew, Siva Krishnan

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Abstract

A professional learning program for teachers of junior secondary mathematics regarding the content and pedagogy of senior secondary mathematics is the context for this study of teachers' mathematical and pedagogical knowledge. The analysis of teachers' reflections on their learning explored teachers' understanding of mathematical connections and their appreciation of mathematical structure. The findings indicate that a professional learning program about senior secondary mathematics can enable practicing teachers to deepen and broaden their knowledge for teaching junior secondary mathematics and develop their practice to support their students' present and future learning of mathematics. Further research is needed about professional learning approaches and tasks that may enable teachers to imbed and develop awareness of structure in their practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-212
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Mathematics Teacher Education
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Junior secondary mathematics
  • Mathematical connections
  • Mathematical structure
  • Mathematics knowledge for teaching
  • Mathematics on the horizon
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Professional learning program design
  • Senior secondary mathematics

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