Professional learning in mathematical reasoning: reflections of a primary teacher

Sandra Herbert, Wanty Widjaja, Leicha A. Bragg, Esther Loong, Colleen Vale

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Reasoning is an important aspect in the understanding and learning of mathematics. This paper reports on a case study presenting one Australian primary teacher’s reflections regarding the role played by a professional learning program in her developing understanding of mathematical reasoning. Examination of the transcripts of two interviews identified changes in her perceptions of mathematical reasoning by mapping interview responses against the Mathematical Reasoning Framework (Herbert et al., 2015). This change indicates that a well planned program of professional learning based on a demsonstration is efficacious in developing teachers’ understanding of mathematical reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpening Up Mathematics Education Research
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
EditorsBruce White, Mohan Chinnappan, Sven Trenholm
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
PublisherMathematics Education Research Group of Australasia
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781920846299
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2016 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 3 Jul 20167 Jul 2016
Conference number: 39th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia 2016
Abbreviated titleMERGA 2016
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