Experiencing research practice in pure mathematics in a teacher training context
International group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
This paper presents the early results of an experiment involving a class of elementary student teachers within the context of their mathematics preparation. The motivation of the exercise centred on giving them an experience with mathematical research at their own level and ascertaining its impact on their attitudes and beliefs. The students spent the first month working on open-ended geometrical topics. In the second month, working alone or in groups of up to four, they chose one or more of these topics then worked on a problem of their own design. The students spent the class time developing their ideas using strategies such as generating examples and nonexamples, generalising, etc. Reference to books was not accepted as a research tool, but the instruction team monitored student progress and was available for questions.
Mathematics education , Elementary education
Ernest, P. Knoll, E., Morgan, S. Experiencing research practice in pure mathematics in a teacher training context, International group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Bergen, Norway, 2004.