Moving Toward Approximations of Practice in Teacher Professional Development: Learning to Summarize a Problem-Based Lesson

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Abstract

This chapter describes a set of activities in a professional development intervention with in-service geometry teachers that engaged them in role-playing a lesson summary. The activities included discussion of animations of classroom instruction with examples of how to lead a summary of a problem-based lesson. The animations were representations of teaching that supported the development of shared knowledge about how to summarize a lesson. In addition, the teachers decomposed the practice of summarizing prior to their engagement in a role-play of a summary. This role-play constituted an approximation of practice that enabled the teachers to envision how a summary would unfold in real time and required the teacher leading the summary to make tactical decisions. Observations of a teacher leading a summary in his classroom provided evidence of teacher learning. Overall, the professional development included a sequence of activities that validated teachers’ knowledge and provided them with the capabilities for engaging in an authentic approximation of practice in a safe environment.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationScripting Approaches in Mathematics Education
Subtitle of host publicationMathematical Dialogues in Research and Practice
EditorsRina Zazkis, Patricio Herbst
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Chapter6
Pages115-146
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-62692-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-62691-8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 31 2017

Publication series

NameAdvances in Mathematics Education
ISSN (Print)1869-4918
ISSN (Electronic)1869-4926

Keywords

  • animations
  • approximation
  • decomposition
  • institutionalization
  • practical rationality
  • practitioner knowledge
  • professional knowledge
  • prototypes
  • representation of practice
  • role-play
  • summarizing
  • summary
  • tactical actions

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