International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Mathematics -- Study and teaching (Elementary) -- Activity programs, Elementary school teachers -- Training of, Mathematics teachers -- Training of
Prospective elementary school teachers (PSTs) often do not perceive mathematics activities as fun or engaging and perceive the mathematics tasks in their university content courses as inauthentic and irrelevant. Both these points were addressed by connecting the university classroom tasks to the K–5 environment via a Family Math Night (FMN). Survey results from 23 PSTs showed that PSTs were excited about the authenticity of the tasks, learned about children’s mathematical thinking, and reconceptualized mathematics learning as potentially enjoyable. In combination, these results may lead to PSTs’ increased engagement in the mathematics content course and, thus, result in their increased mathematics learning.
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Thanheiser, E. (2019). Family Math Night: increasing engagement in university mathematics courses for prospective teachers. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 1-29.