Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Dates Active: 2012 - 2015
Project Members:

Brien Nolan, James Lovatt

Improving the mathematical knowledge for teaching of pre-service mathematics teachers

Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT) refers to the wide variety of mathematical knowledge that is required for teaching mathematics. As described by Ball and co-workers, this concept involves a variety of different types of knowledge, referring to the teacher’s general and specialized knowledge of mathematical content, and to their knowledge of mathematics vis a vis their students and classroom teaching. It comprises a ‘third leg’ of mathematics teacher education, in combination with the development of mathematical content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge. This project focusses on means of developing pre-service teachers’ MKT in the university setting, and on how that MKT is enacted in school placements.