Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: How do Primary Pre-service Teachers in Malawi Understand it?
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Original versionEverton Lacerda Jacinto & Arne Jakobsen (2020) Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: How do Primary Pre-service Teachers in Malawi Understand it?, African Journal of Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, 24:1, 31-40 10.1080/18117295.2020.1735673
While a consensus within the field exists that pre-service teachers need adequate knowledge and skills to become effective teachers in mathematics, less is known about how they understand the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching in elementary education. This paper explores how Malawian pre-service teachers understand the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching in primary schools. Written answers to a questionnaire survey, and data from six individual interviews collected at the beginning of the teacher-training programme will be presented. The analytical framework is based on the practice-based theory of mathematical knowledge for teaching, with a specific focus on the domains of the common, horizon and specialised content knowledge. The data revealed that, while taking theoretical courses, pre-service teaches develop only intuitive but complementary views of what is proposed by the theory, which is even the case with pre-service teachers with some prior teaching experience. Findings provide insights into the development of pre-service teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching, and suggest that further research is needed on how pre-service teachers articulate their understanding of teaching in practice.