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Title: Improving the Confidence and Competence of Mathematics Pre-service Teachers at a Regional University in Australia
Contributor(s): Whannell, Robert  (author)orcid ; Woolcott, Geoff (author); Whannell, Patricia  (author)
Publication Date: 2015
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Abstract: The number of students studying science and mathematics at the secondary and tertiary levels of education in Australia has been in steady decline for many years. A number of major research projects have been funded in an attempt to address this decline by identifying strategies that will improve the experience and engagement of students studying mathematics and science in primary and the early years of secondary education. This paper reports on a multi-institutional project focused on improving the mathematical thinking of pre-service teachers and changing mathematics teaching pedagogy so that it is more closely based on mathematical thinking in real-life contexts. The paper also describes the initial development of scales to measure the self-reported ability of pre-service teachers to think mathematically and to teach mathematics using pedagogies as specified by the recently developed Australian Professional Standards for Teachers. Early data analysis indicates that the scales developed will have the potential to provide robust measures of these dimensions.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, 5th - 8th January, 2015
Conference Details: 13th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, 5th - 8th January, 2015
Source of Publication: Hawaii International Conference on Education 2015 Conference Proceedings, p. 2176-2190
Publisher: Hawaii International Conference on Education
Place of Publication: Honolulu, Hawaii
ISSN: 1541-5880
Field of Research (FOR): 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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