Challenging basic assumptions: mathematical experiences for pre-service teachers

Rina Zazkis
1999 International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology  
This article is a contribution to an ongoing discussion on what mathematical experiences are essential in pre-service teachers' education. Examples of activities and investigations for pre-service teachers are presented. Most of the activities are targeted towards pre-service secondary school teachers, however, some are appropriate for elementary school teachers as well. The underlying theme in these activities is experiences with non-conventional mathematical objects, such as numerals and
more » ... s numerals and coordinate systems. A theoretical perspective addresses the issue of constructing richer schemas for mathematical concepts by introducing and overcoming disequilibration. Potential bene® ts of the suggested mathematical experiences for personal and professional growth of teachers are discussed.
doi:10.1080/002073999287644 fatcat:iyyhucnclfeh5iowvxufv4zlsa