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First year pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge : methods of solution to a ratio question

Livy, Sharyn and Vale, Colleen 2011, First year pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge : methods of solution to a ratio question, Mathematics teacher education and development, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 22-43.

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Title First year pre-service teachers' mathematical content knowledge : methods of solution to a ratio question
Author(s) Livy, Sharyn
Vale, ColleenORCID iD for Vale, Colleen orcid.org/0000-0002-9070-7071
Journal name Mathematics teacher education and development
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 22
End page 43
Total pages 22
Publisher MERGA
Place of publication Adelaide, S. Aust.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1442-3901
Summary In this article, pre-service teachers' mathematics content knowledge is explored through the analysis of two items about ratio from a Mathematical Competency, Skills and Knowledge Test. Pre-service teachers' thinking strategies, common errors and misconceptions in their responses are presented and discussed. Of particular interest was the range and nature of common incorrect responses for one whole-whole ratio question. Results suggested pre-service teachers had difficulty interpreting a worded multi-step, ratio (scale) question, with errors relating to ratio and/or conversion of measurement knowledge. These difficulties reveal underdeveloped knowledge of mathematical structure and mathematical connections as well as an inability to deconstruct key components of a mathematical problem. Most pre-service teachers also lacked knowledge of standard procedures and methods of solutions.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, MERGA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30044057

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