Clarke, Barbara, Grevholm, Barbro, Millman, Richard (Eds.)
2009, XII, 310 p.
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International contributors from varied backgrounds
Addresses issues important to both preservice and in-service teachers in primary mathematics
Synthesizes the nature, role, and features of tasks in primary mathematics teacher education
Tasks in Primary Mathematics Teacher Education is intended to advance relevant research and innovative international practices in the preparation and professional development of mathematics teachers. Emerging from discussion at the ICMI study on teacher professional development, this volume, focused on primary and elementary teachers, culls a richness that can only be found by gathering wisdom from varied experiences around the world.
The choice of tasks, and the associated pedagogies, is a key aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. Arguing that what students learn is largely defined by the tasks they are given, several major themes are presented. One such major strand, the form, function and focus of tasks, is discussed throughout several chapters, offering analysis, discussion of implementation, and exemplars of a broader category of illustrative techniques for developing critical understanding.