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Thanheiser, Eva; Browning, Christine; Edson, Alden J.; Kastberg, Signe; Lo, Jane-Jane – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

This survey of the literature summarizes and reflects on research findings regarding elementary preservice teachers' (PSTs') mathematics conceptions and the development thereof. Despite the current focus on teacher education, peer-reviewed journals offer a surprisingly sparse insight in these areas. The limited research that exists…

Descriptors: Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge

Ampadu, Ernest – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

This article explores junior high school students' views regarding what it takes to be successful in mathematics. Qualitative and quantitative methods were employed to collect and analyse data, describe and interpret junior high school students (12-14 years) perceptions about what it takes to be successful in mathematics. 22 students from four…

Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction

Lavy, Ilana; Zarfin, Orly – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

In this study we explored the effects of providing ninth-grade students with the chance to take part in decision making concerning the mathematics level they would be assigned to in high school. Decisions concerned their self-competence regarding their mathematical abilities, their learning goals and the class atmosphere. The students were taught…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Grade 9, Mathematics, Mathematics Education

Hunsader, Patricia D.; Thompson, Denisse R.; Zorin, Barbara – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

In this paper, we present a framework used to analyze the extent to which assessments (i.e., chapter tests) accompanying three published elementary grades 3-5 curricula in the United States provide students with opportunities to engage with key mathematical processes. The framework uses indicators for five criteria to assess the processes of…

Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Elementary School Mathematics, Mathematics Tests

Ader, Engin – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

This is an ethnographic study of promotion of metacognition, focusing on the teaching practices in secondary mathematics classrooms of three teachers in the UK. With all three teachers, observations of their teaching and interviews regarding their teaching were conducted. The main aim was analysing and substantiating the parallels and differences…

Descriptors: Achievement, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Ethnography

Calder, Nigel; Brough, Chris – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

This paper examines how mathematical understandings might emerge through student-centred inquiry. Data is drawn from a research project on student-centred curriculum integration that situated mathematics within authentic problem-solving contexts and involved students in collaboratively constructed curriculum. The project involved case studies in…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Centered Curriculum, Inquiry, Problem Solving

Perger, Pamela – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

Research has shown students can identify practices considered appropriate for achieving when learning mathematics (Kershner & Pointon, 2000; McCullum, Hargreaves & Gripps, 2000). Yet, if you listen to students talking about the practices they consider important to succeed, and then observe the same students working in their mathematics…

Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Underachievement, Semi Structured Interviews

White, Diana; Donaldson, Brianna; Hodge, Angie; Ruff, Adam – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

Math Teachers' Circles have been spreading since their emergence in 2006. These professional development programs, aimed primarily at middle-level mathematics teachers (grades 5-9), focus on developing teachers' mathematical problem solving skills, in line with the Common Core State Standards-Standards of Mathematical Practice. Yet, to date,…

Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Skills

Jao, Limin – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

Teachers are tasked with supporting students' learning of abstract mathematical concepts. Students can represent their mathematical understanding in a variety of modes, for example: manipulatives, pictures, diagrams, spoken languages, and written symbols. Although most students easily pick up rudimentary knowledge through the use of concrete…

Descriptors: Symbols (Mathematics), Mathematics Instruction, Elementary School Mathematics, Grade 1

Toh, Tin Lam; Kaur, Berinderjeet; Koay, Phong Lee – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

In this article, we explore the mathematical content knowledge of one entire cohort of pre-service teachers (N = 107) through analysing their performance in a Secondary Mathematics Audit that was developed for the International Comparative Studies in Mathematics Teacher Training that was initiated by the University of Plymouth. We study how their…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Preservice Teachers

Norton, Stephen; Zhang, Qingiong – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2013

Over the past decade it has been frequently reported that East Asian students are outperforming their Western counterparts in international tests of mathematics at middle-school level. This paper probes classroom discourse in an attempt to shed some light on this phenomenon. Data were collected from a sample of Chinese Year 8 students in a normal…

Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mathematics Instruction, Learner Engagement, Grade 8

Muir, Tracey; Livy, Sharyn – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2012

The main aim of this paper is to report on an investigation into primary pre-service and inservice teachers' content knowledge of decimals. The participants were asked to complete four decimal tasks including the ordering of decimals, operating with decimals and converting a fraction to a decimal. The results from both sets of participants are…

Descriptors: Number Concepts, Comparative Analysis, Misconceptions, Knowledge Base for Teaching

Olinsky, Alan; Schumacher, Phyllis; Quinn, John – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2012

In this paper, we discuss the importance of teaching power considerations in statistical hypothesis testing. Statistical power analysis determines the ability of a study to detect a meaningful effect size, where the effect size is the difference between the hypothesized value of the population parameter under the null hypothesis and the true value…

Descriptors: Testing, Sample Size, Hypothesis Testing, Statistics

Kalder, Robin S. – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2012

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and numerous mathematics educators promote the combination of conceptual understanding and procedural learning in the successful instruction of mathematics. Despite this, when geometric mean is taught in a typical American geometry class, it is taught as a process only despite the many connections…

Descriptors: Geometric Concepts, Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics

Sokolowski, Andrzej – International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, 2012

This paper integrates technology, in the form of a physics simulation; science concepts, via image formation by lenses; and a mathematics apparatus, in the form of rational functions. All constituents merge into an instructional unit that can be embedded into a high school or undergraduate mathematics or physics course. The cognitive purpose of…

Descriptors: Optics, Educational Technology, Simulation, Scientific Concepts