Education Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Journal

Mathematics Teacher Education and Development

Volume

9

First Page

46

Last Page

63

Abstract

In mathematics teacher education, tasks that centre on doing mathematics are used for a variety of purposes, including learning new mathematics. In our research, we focus on doing mathematics as a therapeutic intervention. Many pre-service teachers in our program narrate impoverished mathematics experiences. We engage pre- service elementary school teachers in non-routine problem solving and examine how this affects their experiences with mathematics. Specifically, we focus on change in affective responses as a precursor to development in mathematical thinking and as an indicator of potential changes in practice. Our study shows that doing mathematics evokes changes in how teachers think and feel about doing, learning, and teaching mathematics.

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