Elementary School Teachers' Preferences for Mathematically-based and Practically-based Explanations

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Abstract

This paper focuses on elementary school teachers' preferences for mathematically-based (MB) and practically-based (PB) explanations. It explores the types of explanations teachers give spontaneously as well as the types of explanations they prefer after reviewing various explanations. It also investigates the basis for these preferences. Results show that although teachers may be knowledgeable of MB explanations, many still choose to use mostly PB explanations in their classrooms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Approaches to Teaching Mathematics at the Elementary Level
EditorsJarmila Novotná, Hana Moraová
PublisherCharles University
Pages166-173
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9788072903078
StatePublished - 2007
EventSEMT'07 International Symposium
Elementary Mathematics Teaching
- Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 19 Aug 200724 Aug 2007

Conference

ConferenceSEMT'07 International Symposium
Elementary Mathematics Teaching
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period19/08/0724/08/07

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