First year pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge: methods of solution for a ratio question

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    Abstract

    In this article, pre-service teachers mathematics content knowledge is explored through the analysis of two items about ratio from a Mathematical Competency, Skills and Knowledge Test. Pre-service teachers thinking strategies, common errors and misconceptions in their responses are presented and discussed. Of particular interest was the range and nature of common incorrect responses for one wholewhole ratio question. Results suggested pre-service teachers had difficulty interpreting a worded multi-step, ratio (scale) question, with errors relating to ratio and/or conversion of measurement knowledge. These difficulties reveal underdevel - oped knowledge of mathematical structure and mathematical connections as well as an inability to deconstruct key components of a mathematical problem. Most pre-service teachers also lacked knowledge of standard procedures and methods of solutions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)22 - 43
    Number of pages22
    JournalMathematics Teacher Education and Development
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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