Academic journal article The Mathematics Enthusiast

Special Issue: The Mathematical Content Knowledge of Elementary Prospective Teachers

Academic journal article The Mathematics Enthusiast

Special Issue: The Mathematical Content Knowledge of Elementary Prospective Teachers

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Bharath Sriraman noted in his Editorial for Vol. 10, nos. 1-2 that the first issue of The Mathematics Enthusiast (known then as The Montana Mathematics Enthusiast) published in April 2004 was "the result of four idealistic elementary school teachers believing in the mission of this journal and writing about their attempts to reconcile the mathematics content they were learning in a mathematics for elementary school teachers course with existing mathematics education research found in practitioners' journals as well as standards imposed by institutions' framing policy" (p. 2). Ten years later we return to a similar focus.

We have searched the peer-reviewed published research for studies focused on examining and describing the mathematical content knowledge of prospective teachers between the years of 1978 to 2012 and summarized findings across various content areas: whole numbers and operations, fractions, decimals, geometry and measurement, and algebra. Each content area presents its findings within three time periods: a historical look at work prior to 1998, a current perspective of research from 1998 to 2011, and, finally, a view of the horizon of published research from 2011 and 2012. …

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