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Second-year pre-service teachers’ responses to proportional reasoning test items

Livy, Sharyn and Herbert, Sandra 2013, Second-year pre-service teachers’ responses to proportional reasoning test items, Australian journal of teacher education, vol. 38, no. 11, pp. 17-32.

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Title Second-year pre-service teachers’ responses to proportional reasoning test items
Author(s) Livy, Sharyn
Herbert, Sandra
Journal name Australian journal of teacher education
Volume number 38
Issue number 11
Start page 17
End page 32
Total pages 16
Publisher Edith Cowan University
Place of publication Perth, Western Australia
Publication date 2013-11
ISSN 1835-517X
0313-5373
Keyword(s) pre-service teacher education
proportional reasoning
mathematical content knowledge
Summary A recent international study of pre-service teachers identified that proportional reasoning was problematic for pre-service teachers. Proportional reasoning is an important topic in the middle years of schooling and therefore it is critical that teachers understand this topic and can rely on their Mathematical Content Knowledge (MCK) when teaching. The focus of this paper is second-year Australian primary pre-service teachers’ MCK of real number items related to ratio, rate, proportion and proportional reasoning. This paper reports on strengths and weakness of pre-service teachers’ MCK when responding to test items; including a method suitable for analysing responses to five items and ranked by three levels of difficulty. The results revealed insights into their correct methods of solutions and common incorrect responses, identifying difficulty, where multiplication and division were required. The method of coding test items by difficulty ranking may assist with developing an appropriate learning trajectory, which will assist pre-service teachers develop their MCK of this and other difficult topics.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2013
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056018

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