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    Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) for pre-service teachers: a study of students’ developing thinking in relation to the teaching of mathematics


    Nolan, Brien and Dempsey, Majella and Lovatt, James and O'Shea, Ann (2015) Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) for pre-service teachers: a study of students’ developing thinking in relation to the teaching of mathematics. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 35 (1).

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    Abstract

    The concept of Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) was introduced by Ball and colleagues (Ball, Thames & Phelps, 2008), building on Shulman’s (1986) notion of Pedagogical Content Knowledge. MKT is ‘the mathematical knowledge needed to carry out the work of teaching mathematics’. In this project, a team of researchers at two Irish universities studied the development of MKT in two groups of pre-service teachers. The project aimed to help students develop their own MKT, and to develop a richer conception of the role of mathematics content knowledge in teaching, through a series of workshops designed and delivered by the authors. The students’ awareness and level of MKT was investigated using pre- and post-intervention questionnaires. We describe the intervention and present the findings from the analysis of the data collected. In particular, we describe how the group’s view of the mathematical work of a teacher changed over the course of the project.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: teacher education; Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Mathematics and Statistics
    Item ID: 7023
    Depositing User: Dr. Ann O'Shea
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 18:11
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
    Refereed: Yes
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