The impact of participation in an online professional community on the development of elementary pre-service teachers' knowledge of teaching mathematics
Natasha Lamb, McGill University , Canada
McGill University . Awarded
This inquiry sought to examine the effects of participating in an online discussion forum on the development of knowledge for teaching mathematics. The participants of this study were among the pre-service teachers from a large urban university, chosen as they were completing their mathematics pedagogy course in their teacher-education program and entering a field experience for that academic year. A qualitative analysis of the online discussions of my participants was done under the framework of communities of practice (Wenger, 1998) and Ball et.al’s (2008) understanding of the knowledge for teaching mathematics. These theories allowed for themes to emerge that shed light on the development of pre-service teachers as they moved from student to teacher. Pre-service teachers struggle to shed their student-perspective as they move from theory to practice, which ultimately affects their development of knowledge for teaching mathematics.
Lamb, N. The impact of participation in an online professional community on the development of elementary pre-service teachers' knowledge of teaching mathematics. Master's thesis, McGill University.
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