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Title: Development of mathematics pedagogical content knowledge in student teachers
Authors: Cheang, Wai Kwong
Yeo, Joseph Kai Kow
Chan, Eric Chun Ming
Lim-Teo, Suat Khoh
Keywords: mathematics pedagogical content knowledge
teacher knowledge
pre-service teachers training
teacher education
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Cheang, W. K., Yeo, J. K. K., Chan, E. C. M., & Lim-Teo, S. K. (2007). Development of mathematics pedagogical content knowledge in student teachers. The Mathematics Educator, 10(2), 27-54.
Abstract: Mathematics pedagogical content knowledge (MPCK) of teachers cannot be easily defined but is a complex concept integrating generic pedagogical knowledge, mathematics teaching methodology as well as knowledge of the discipline of mathematics. It is the objective of mathematics methodology courses in teacher preparation programmes to begin the development of MPCK in their pre-service teachers. As part of a research study on the development of MPCK in primary school beginning teachers, a 16-item instrument was developed to measure some aspects of the MPCK for teaching mathematics at primary level. The instrument was administered to the 2005 intake of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education student teachers at the National Institute of Education, Singapore just at the beginning of their programme. As they complete their methodology course in February 2006,the instrument was administered again. This paper discusses the findings concerning their performance in these two tests, with reference to the overall performance as well as topicspecific and MPCK construct-specific performance. The findings indicate that student teachers at the beginning of their programmes are generally quite weak in their mathematics pedagogical content knowledge, as might be expected. There was significant improvement in all aspects of their MPCK on completion of their mathematics pedagogy course.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/102
ISSN: 0218-9100
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