Pre-service teachers and numeracy readiness

Helen Jara Forgasz, Gilah C Leder, Vince Stephen Geiger, Natalie Kalkhoven

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Abstract

Although, in the Australian context, teachers are urged to address cross-curricular numeracy demands, whether pre-service teachers recognise and are prepared for this responsibility is rarely addressed. In this paper we report data from a pilot study in which we explored the numeracy capabilities of 151 pre-service teachers, their expectations of the numeracy demands they will face, and possible differences in the responses of primary and secondary pre-service teachers. Most in the sample considered themselves to be at least average at mathematics and were able to solve numeracy items considered suitable for 15 year-olds. However, more than half were uncertain, or did not believe, that there are mathematical demands on teachers in schools apart from what they teach their students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME39)
EditorsKim Beswick, Tracey Muir, Jill Wells
Place of PublicationPraha Czech Republic
PublisherInternational Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Pages313 - 320
Number of pages8
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAnnual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2015 - Hobart, Australia
Duration: 13 Jul 201518 Jul 2015
Conference number: 39

Conference

ConferenceAnnual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education 2015
Abbreviated titlePME 39
CountryAustralia
CityHobart
Period13/07/1518/07/15

Cite this

Forgasz, H. J., Leder, G. C., Geiger, V. S., & Kalkhoven, N. (2015). Pre-service teachers and numeracy readiness. In K. Beswick, T. Muir, & J. Wells (Eds.), Proceedings of the 39th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME39) (Vol. 2, pp. 313 - 320). International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.