There is a consensus that we need to improve the quality of pre-service teacher education, and teachers’ mathematical content knowledge is critical for teaching. Identifying opportunities and influences that assist pre-service teachers to extend their mathematical content knowledge throughout their teacher education programme is important. This paper reports on qualitative data, collected over 4 years from two typical pre-service teachers whose developing mathematical content knowledge was investigated during their primary and secondary programme. These data were analysed and reported using the four dimensions of the Knowledge Quartet: foundation knowledge, transformation, connection and contingency. The results highlight the consequences of programme structure in order to help pre-service teachers to establish and sustain a positive mathematics learner identity, build teacher identity and develop mathematical content knowledge.
- Foundation knowledge
- Mathematical content knowledge
- Pre-service teachers
- Teacher identity