**CBMS Issues in Mathematics Education**

Volume: 11;
2001;
145 pp;
Softcover

MSC: Primary 97;

Print ISBN: 978-0-8218-2899-1

Product Code: CBMATH/11

List Price: $29.00

Individual Price: $23.20

**Electronic ISBN: 978-1-4704-2356-8
Product Code: CBMATH/11.E**

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# The Mathematical Education of Teachers

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Now is a time of great interest in mathematics education. Student performance,
curriculum, and teacher education are the subjects of much scrutiny and debate.
Studies on the mathematical knowledge of prospective and practicing U. S.
teachers suggest ways to improve their mathematical educations.

It is often assumed that because the topics covered in K–12 mathematics are
so basic, they should be easy to teach. However, research in mathematics
education has shown that to teach well, substantial mathematical understanding
is necessary—even to teach whole-number arithmetic. Prospective teachers need
a solid understanding of mathematics so that they can teach it as a coherent,
reasoned activity and communicate its elegance and power.

This volume gathers and reports current thinking on curriculum and policy
issues affecting the mathematical education of teachers. It considers two
general themes: (1) the intellectual substance in school mathematics; and (2) the
special nature of the mathematical knowledge needed for teaching. The
underlying study was funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of
Education.

The mathematical knowledge needed for teaching is quite different from that
required by students pursuing other mathematics-related professions. Material
here is geared toward stimulating efforts on individual campuses to improve
programs for prospective teachers. This report contains general recommendations
for all grades and extensive discussions of the specific mathematical knowledge
required for teaching elementary, middle, and high-school grades,
respectively.

It is also designed to marshal efforts in the mathematical sciences community
to back important national initiatives to improve mathematics education and to
expand professional development opportunities. The book will be an important
resource for mathematics faculty and other parties involved in the mathematical
education of teachers.

This series is published in cooperation with the Mathematical Association of America.

#### Readership

Graduate students, research mathematicians, mathematics faculty, and those interested in the mathematical education of teachers.

#### Reviews & Endorsements

This publication is clearly an important document for college faculty members who are responsible for the mathematics preparation of teachers. It makes a strong attempt to communicate the legitimacy of pedagogical content knowledge.

-- JSTOR

The writers of this material clearly are knowledgeable about the current problems with preparing teachers to have special, pedagogical understanding of mathematics. They discuss the need for teachers to know the specific ideas that cause the most difficulty for students … highly recommend the book.

-- Teaching Children Mathematics

#### Table of Contents

# Table of Contents

## The Mathematical Education of Teachers

- Cover Cover11 free
- Title v6 free
- Copyright vi7 free
- Table of Contents ix10 free
- Preface xi12 free
- PART 1 116 free
- Chapter 1. Changing Expectations, New Realizations 318
- Chapter 2. General Recommendations 722
- Chapter 3. Recommendations for Elementary Teacher Preparation 1530
- Chapter 4. Recommendations for Middle Grades Teacher Preparation 2540
- Chapter 5. Recommendations for High School Teacher Preparation 3752
- Chapter 6. Recommendations for Technology in Teacher Preparation 4762
- References 4964
- Appendix: Relevant Reports 5166

- PART 2 5368
- Back Cover Back Cover1161