The purpose, design and use of examples in the teaching of elementary mathematics

Rowland, T. (2008) The purpose, design and use of examples in the teaching of elementary mathematics. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 69 (2). pp. 149-163. ISSN 0013-1954

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This empirical paper considers the different purposes for which teachers use examples in elementary mathematics teaching, and how well the actual examples used fit these intended purposes. For this study, 24 mathematics lessons taught by prospective elementary school teachers were videotaped. In the spirit of grounded theory, the purpose of the analysis of these lessons was to discover, and to construct theories around, the ways that these novice teachers could be seen to draw upon their mathematics teaching knowledge-base in their lesson preparation and in their observed classroom instruction. A highly-pervasive dimension of the findings was these teachers' choice and use of examples. Four categories of uses of examples are identified and exemplified: these are related to different kinds of teacher awareness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: examples,mathematics,teaching,elementary
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Research in Mathematics Education
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 14:30
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 05:07
DOI: 10.1007/s10649-008-9148-y

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