Primary trainee teachers’ understanding of basic geometrical figures in Scotland


Fujita, T. and Jones, K. (2006) Primary trainee teachers’ understanding of basic geometrical figures in Scotland. In, Novotná, J., Moraová, H., Krátká, M. and Stehlíková, N. (eds.) Proceedings 30th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME30). 30th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME30) Prague, Czech Republic, Psychology of Mathematics Education, 129-136.

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Whilst teachers’ mathematics knowledge is known to play a significant role in shaping the quality of their teaching, much less is known about the nature and extent of that knowledge, how it develops, and how such development can be supported through initial teacher training and continuing professional development. Earlier research has indicated that pre-service (trainee) primary teachers’ subject knowledge of geometry is amongst their weakest knowledge of mathematics. This paper reports on an analysis of geometry subject knowledge data gathered in Scotland from undergraduate pre-service primary teachers, focusing on their ability to define and classify quadrilaterals. The results indicate that many trainee primary teachers have relatively poor command of these aspects of mathematics.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 0771100 (hardback)
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Keywords: primary, elementary, trainee teacher, understanding, basic, geometry, geometrical, figures, Scotland
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2361 Curriculum
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Education > Professional Practice & Pedagogy
ePrint ID: 41247
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:26
Publisher: Psychology of Mathematics Education
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/41247

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