The relevance of advanced mathematics studies to expertise in secondary school mathematics teaching
Prof. Ruhama Even
Accumulating empirical research suggests that university mathematics courses often do not adequately support the development of mathematical knowledge required for quality teaching of secondary school mathematics. My research examines how advanced mathematics courses might be used effectively to develop teaching expertise at different points in a teacher’s career, and the connections between advanced mathematics studies and classroom instruction. Currently, the research is situated in the mathematics strand of the Rothschild-Weizmann master program. One component of the mathematics strand of the program focuses on important issues and aspects of mathematics education, relevant to the teaching of secondary school mathematics. This component is substantially based on the MANOR Program. Another component of the mathematics strand of the program comprises mathematical studies at an advanced level that aim to broaden secondary school teachers’ perspective and understanding of and about the discipline of mathematics. Prominent research mathematicians, who usually teach only mathematics master and doctoral students, design and teach these courses. Initial findings suggest that advanced mathematics courses taught by research mathematicians could play a significant role in the professional development of secondary teachers. Moreover, studying advanced mathematics as a practicing teacher could have large benefits that a prospective teacher might not be ready to exploit.
- Even, R. (2011). The relevance of advanced mathematics to teaching secondary school mathematics: practitioners’ views. ZDM – The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 43, 941-950. DOI 10.1007/s11858-011-0346-1.