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Cullen, Amanda L.; Tobias, Jennifer M.; Safak, Elif; Kirwan, J. Vince; Wessman-Enzinger, Nicole M.; Wickstrom, Megan H.; Baek, Jae M. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2017
Previous research on preservice teachers' understanding of fractions and algebra has focused on one or the other. To extend this research, we examined 85 undergraduate elementary education majors and middle school mathematics education majors' solutions and solution paths (i.e., the ways or methods in which preservice teachers solve word problems)…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Elementary School Teachers
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Zeybek, Zulfiye – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016
This study aimed to document pre-service elementary teachers' (PSTs'), who are going to teach K-5, ability to construct as well as evaluate justifications varied in terms of levels of sophistication. Additionally, this study aimed to investigate how PSTs' knowledge of content in which they were being asked to prove influenced their ability to…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Skills, Mathematical Logic
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Shumway, Jessica F.; Westenskow, Arla; Moyer-Packenham, Patricia S. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016
The purpose of this study was to identify and describe students' use of number sense as they solved story problem tasks. Three 8- and 9-year-old students participated in clinical interviews. Through a process of holistic and qualitative coding, researchers used the number sense view as a theoretical framework for exploring how students' number…
Descriptors: Numbers, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education, Problem Solving
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Lesseig, Kristin – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2016
The purpose of this study was to detail teachers' proving activity and contribute to a framework of Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Proof (MKT for Proof). While working to justify claims about sums of consecutive numbers, teachers searched for key ideas and productively used examples to make, test and refine conjectures. Analysis of teachers'…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Validity, Mathematical Logic, Knowledge Level
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Tobias, Jennifer M.; Roy, George J.; Safi, Farshid – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2015
This article examines prospective elementary teachers' conceptions of unitizing with whole numbers and fraction concepts and operations throughout a semester-long mathematics content course. Student work samples and classroom conversations are used to illustrate the types of unitizing understandings that prospective teachers bring to teacher…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation