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The role of subject knowledge in primary pre-service teachers’ approaches to teaching the topic of area


Murphy, C, The role of subject knowledge in primary pre-service teachers' approaches to teaching the topic of area, Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 15, (3) pp. 187-206. ISSN 1386-4416 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s10857-011-9194-8


The relationship between primary teachers’ subject knowledge and their approaches to teaching is an ongoing concern. This study reviews the relationship between prospective teachers’ subject knowledge in the topic of area and their approaches to teaching that topic. The research presents case studies of four primary prospective teachers on a 1-year postgraduate teaching course. The strengths and limitations of their subject knowledge are examined, in relation to their selection of teaching activities. The results suggest connections between these strengths and limitations, in relation to espoused teaching activities and pedagogical orientations. This questions the assumption that secure subject knowledge is necessarily transformed into effective teaching and concurs with other research that suggests other factors may be involved, such as knowledge of learners.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:elementary mathematics education, teacher knowledge, area measurement
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Murphy, C (Dr Carol Murphy)
ID Code:121608
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-10-05
Last Modified:2018-07-12

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