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Preservice Teacher Mobile Investigation and Interpretation of Everyday Mathematics Across Settings

, University of Colorado Denver, United States

Journal of Technology and Teacher Education Volume 24, Number 4, ISSN 1059-7069 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


This study reports upon design-based research that enacted mobile mathematics learning for preservice teachers across classroom, community, and online settings. The integration of mobile learning within mathematics teacher education is understudied, and it is necessary to better understand mobile technology affordances when locating disciplinary inquiry across settings. A curriculum module was designed to support preservice teachers’ participation in two mathematics education and mobile learning repertoires: mobile investigation of disciplinary concepts situated in community locations and circumstances, and mobile interpretation of connections between school and everyday mathematics. An analysis of three module iterations identifies the prevalence, qualities, and limitations of preservice teachers’ cross-setting disciplinary connections. Reported mobile learning outcomes include connections preservice teachers produced among mathematics concepts, mathematical actions, and material objects, and also connections produced between school mathematics and everyday mathematics. Findings indicate preservice teachers established disciplinary connections when participating in commercial and civic activities relevant to their daily lives. Yet other mathematics concepts and practices were either seldom investigated, only vaguely described, or not representative of K-12 students’ interests and cultures. Design recommendations and implications are suggested for subsequent attempts at situating preservice teacher learning outside of the mathematics teacher education classroom and across multiple settings through mobile learning.


Kalir, J. (2016). Preservice Teacher Mobile Investigation and Interpretation of Everyday Mathematics Across Settings. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 24(4), 415-442. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved February 20, 2018 from .