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What do they know? A comparison of pre-service teachers' and in-service teachers' decimal mathematical content knowledge

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Muir, T and Livy, S, What do they know? A comparison of pre-service teachers' and in-service teachers' decimal mathematical content knowledge, International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning pp. 1-15. ISSN 1473-0111 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The main aim of this paper is to report on an investigation into primary pre-service and inservice teachers‟ content knowledge of decimals. The participants were asked to complete four decimal tasks including the ordering of decimals, operating with decimals and converting a fraction to a decimal. The results from both sets of participants are compared and incorrect answers are described and discussed. The findings indicated a reliance on formal procedures and that incorrect responses indicated a fundamental lack of understanding of place value and the presence of misconceptions that are commonly held by their student counterparts. The study contributes to the limited field of research that uses comparative studies to look specifically at pre-service and in-service teachers‟ knowledge of decimals

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education Systems
Research Field:Primary Education (excl. Maori)
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teacher and Instructor Development
Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
ID Code:82224
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-01-22
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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