Learning to teach contextualized problem-solving in a non-calculus mathematics pathway

Golding, Jennie; Smith, Cathy and Blayock, Mick (2018). Learning to teach contextualized problem-solving in a non-calculus mathematics pathway. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, 37(2) pp. 69–83.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/teamat/hry009

Abstract

We report on the professional learning of a small purposive sample of teachers beginning to teach an English post-16 mathematics course centred around contextualised problem solving. We describe their accounts of change, their intentions and justification for those, and how development was supported. The demands of the course require ‘boundary crossing’ between contexts and mathematics that was novel for these teachers and their students, and learning to teach for such approaches is known to be demanding. By drawing on peer support and their own robust subject knowledge, though, these teachers were able to accommodate change to classroom authority and expertise, attention to students’ relationship with mathematics, longer-term planning sequences, and growth in their own management of uncertainty within the classroom.

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