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“Why do we have to do this?” Primary trainee teachers’ views of a subject knowledge audit in mathematics


Murphy, C, 'Why do we have to do this?' Primary trainee teachers' views of a subject knowledge audit in mathematics, British Educational Research Journal, 32, (2) pp. 227-250. ISSN 0141-1926 (2006) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/01411920600569115


This paper examines theoretical and empirical evidence related to primary teachers' subject knowledge in mathematics and considers the relevance of an audit of higher-level subject knowledge to the subject knowledge required for teaching primary mathematics. Questionnaires and interviews were carried out to determine the views of generalist primary trainee teachers. Their views suggest that an audit of higher-level subject knowledge may be seen as relevant to the teaching of primary mathematics due to increased confidence levels. There is little evidence to suggest that the audit is supporting the trainee teachers in developing a connected view of mathematics that may be more indicative of an effective teacher.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:primary trainee teachers, knowledge audit, mathematics
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
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:123844
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-01-30
Last Modified:2018-04-12

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