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Title: The Mathematical Knowledge Base and the Quality of Mathematics Instruction in Primary Education
Other Titles: A study into the quality of mathematics instruction of third year student teachers in primary education.
Authors: Gardebroek-van der Linde, Jenita
Keywords: mathematical knowledge base
mathematics instruction
MQI instrument
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2017
Publisher: Open Universiteit
Abstract: In the Netherlands standards for mathematics in primary teacher education are defined in a nationwide knowledge base. This study investigates the relation between student teachers’ subject matter knowledge, as measured by the knowledge base test, and the quality of mathematics instruction they deliver to their pupils. Six prospective teachers with different levels of mathematical abilities were observed in their mathematics instruction in primary school and were interviewed afterwards. Their mathematics instruction was analysed using a variant of the Mathematical Quality of Instruction instrument. Results show that prospective teachers with strong mathematical abilities tend to provide mathematics instruction of good quality. Yet, strong as well as weak mathematical ability may hinder teachers in their mathematics instruction. Student teachers with high mathematical ability show difficulty to descend to pupils’ levels, whereas teachers with weak mathematical ability show difficulty to interpret pupils’ strategies or errors.
Description: Gardebroek - van der Linde, J. (2017). The Mathematical Knowledge Base and the Quality of Mathematics Instruction in Primary Education. Juli, 31, 2017, Heerlen, Nederland: Open Universiteit.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1820/8706
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