Prospective middle school pre-service teachers’ knowledge and affect in Australia has had little empirical research. In this study, 108 graduate entry pre-service teachers were surveyed for their knowledge of middle years’ mathematics, confidence, and self-efficacy at the commencement of a mathematics curriculum course. It was found that their memory of middle years’ mathematics was very poor and this was accompanied by low levels of confidence and self-efficacy. An intervention was undertaken to address these issues. The findings are discussed in the context of the “genericism” of pre-service teacher preparation. In particular, the findings call into question the justification for pre-service entry to such a mathematics curriculum course on the basis of proxy measures of mathematics knowledge, without which the teaching of the discipline becomes challenging.
Norton, S. J.
Middle School Mathematics Pre-service Teacher’s Responses to a Mathematics Content and Specific Mathematics Pedagogy Intervention.
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 44(5).