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Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of theory – the case of compressed knowledge in mathematics

Wilkinson, Amanda

Authors

Amanda Wilkinson Amanda3.Wilkinson@uwe.ac.uk
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Primary/Early Years Initial Teacher Education



Abstract

This paper aimed to examine how pre-service teachers perceive the theory of compressed knowledge in mathematics; hoping to bring new knowledge to the issue of how to link theory and practice in initial teacher education. Twelve pre-service teachers attended two focus groups (one prior to a teaching placement and one after it). Participants were selected using the following break characteristics: self-assessed reflectivity and receptiveness to theory; self-reported judgement of whether the idea of compressed knowledge was useful. The data showed that both the training provider and the accessibility and relevance of the theory are influential in how much pre-service teachers value theory. In addition, compressed knowledge theory was interpreted in two distinct ways: as a ‘tool’ or as a ‘source of enlightenment’. A model of how interpretation of theory may evolve is proposed including the need for a ‘state of perplexity’ during practice to move a theory into knowledge for future action.

Citation

Wilkinson, A. (2018, April). Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of theory – the case of compressed knowledge in mathematics. Paper presented at 9th British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME 9)

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Conference Name 9th British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME 9)
Start Date Apr 3, 2018
End Date Apr 6, 2018
Acceptance Date Oct 16, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 5, 2018
Journal Research Proceedings of the 9th British Congress on Mathematics Education
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 199-206
Keywords pre-service teacher, theory, compressed knowledge, mathematics, primary, teacher
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/857329
Publisher URL http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/BCME9-Research-Proceedings.pdf
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Research Proceedings of the 9th British Congress on Mathematics Education

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