Combining theories in research in mathematics teacher education

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In this paper, we describe how the combination of two theories, each embedded in a different realm, may contribute to evaluating teachers' knowledge. One is Shulman's theory, embedded in general, teacher education, and the other is Fischbein's theory, addressing learners' mathematical conceptions and misconceptions. We first briefly describe each of the two theories and our suggestions for combining them, formulating the Shulman- Fischbein framework. Then, we present two research segments that illustrate the potential of the implementation of the Shulman-Fischbein framework to the study of mathematics teachers' ways of thinking. We conclude with general comments on possible contributions of combining theories that were developed in mathematics education and in other domains to mathematics teacher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-872
Number of pages12
JournalZDM - International Journal on Mathematics Education
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2008


  • Algorithmic knowledge
  • Fischbein's theory
  • Formal knowledge
  • Fractions
  • Infinity
  • Pedagogical content knowledge
  • Shulman's theory
  • Subject matter knowledge


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