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Examining how teachers use graphs to teach mathematics during a professional development program

Bautista, Alfredo; Cañadas, María C.; Brizuela, Bárbara M.; Schliemann, Analúcia D. (2015). Examining how teachers use graphs to teach mathematics during a professional development program. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 3(2), pp. 91-106 .

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There are urgent calls for more studies examining the impact of Professional Development (PD) programs on teachers’ instructional practices. In this study, we analyzed how grades 5-9 mathematics teachers used graphs to teach mathematics at the start and end of a PD program. This topic is relevant because while many studies have investigated students’ difficulties with graphs, there is limited research on how teachers use graphs in their classrooms and no research on how PD impacts the way teachers use graphs in class to teach mathematics. Participant teachers took three graduate level semester-long courses focused on mathematics and student mathematical thinking. The program provided teachers with multiple opportunities for exploration and discussion, systematic feedback, contexts for collaboration and collegial sharing, and extended follow-up support. We analyzed all lessons where teachers used graphs in class at the start and end of the program, finding that teachers’ use of graphs was qualitatively more sophisticated in the end lessons. Results suggest that the features of the PD program had a positive effect on teachers’ classroom practices regarding the use of graphs.

Tipo de Registro:Artículo
Términos clave:10. Otras nociones de Educación Matemática > Sistemas de representación
10. Otras nociones de Educación Matemática > Sistemas de representación > Gráfico
05. Profesor > Formación de profesores > Continua-Permanente
Nivel Educativo:_Ningún nivel educativo
Código ID:6444
Depositado Por:M. C. Cañadas
Depositado En:28 Feb 2015 05:22
Fecha de Modificación Más Reciente:28 Feb 2015 05:22
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