Connecting with the horizon: developing teachers’ appreciation of mathematical structure

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Vale, Colleen M, McAndrew, Alasdair and Krishnan, Siva (2011) Connecting with the horizon: developing teachers’ appreciation of mathematical structure. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 14 (3). pp. 193-212. ISSN 1386-4416 (print) 1573-1820 (online)


A professional learning program for teachers of junior secondary mathematics regarding the content and pedagogy of senior secondary mathematics is the context for this study of teachers’ mathematical and pedagogical knowledge. The analysis of teachers’ reflections on their learning explored teachers’ understanding of mathematical connections and their appreciation of mathematical structure. The findings indicate that a professional learning program about senior secondary mathematics can enable practicing teachers to deepen and broaden their knowledge for teaching junior secondary mathematics and develop their practice to support their students’ present and future learning of mathematics. Further research is needed about professional learning approaches and tasks that may enable teachers to imbed and develop awareness of structure in their practice.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1007/s10857-010-9162-8
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Education
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9302 Teaching and Instruction
Keywords ResPubID20180, Mathematical structure, mathematical connections, mathematics knowledge for teaching, pedagogical content knowledge, mathematics on the horizon, senior secondary mathematics, professional learning program design, junior secondary mathematics
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