Learning density of numbers in elementary teacher education

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Hannula , M S , Laine , A , Pehkonen , E & Kaasila , R 2012 , Learning density of numbers in elementary teacher education . in G H Gunnarsdóttir , F Hreinsdóttir , G Pálsdóttir , M S Hannula , M Hannula-Sormunen & E Jablonka (eds) , Proceedings of NORMA 11 : The Sixth Conference on Mathematics Education in Reykjavík, May 11.-14. 2011. . Háskólaútgáfan, University of Iceland Press , Reykjavík , NORMA 11 Nordic Conference on Mathematics Education , Reykjavík , Iceland , 11/05/2011 . < http://www.haskolautgafan.hi.is/en/proceedings_norma >

Title: Learning density of numbers in elementary teacher education
Author: Hannula, Markku S.; Laine, Anu; Pehkonen, Erkki; Kaasila, Raimo
Editor: Gunnarsdóttir, Guðný Helga; Hreinsdóttir, Freyja; Pálsdóttir, Guðbjörg; Hannula, Markku Sakari; Hannula-Sormunen, Minna; Jablonka, Eva
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
University of Helsinki, Teacher Education
Publisher: Háskólaútgáfan, University of Iceland Press
Date: 2012
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Proceedings of NORMA 11 The Sixth Conference on Mathematics Education in Reykjavík, May 11.-14. 2011.
ISBN: 978-9979-54-965-9
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/230234
Abstract: Infinity is an important concept in mathematics, which students find difficult to learn. This paper will report Finnish elementary teacher students’ understanding of density at the beginning of their studies and the development of that understanding during a mathematics methods course. The results show that even quite limited teaching can initiate significant improvement. Moreover, students can make progress even if their initial level of performance is low. Yet, only 60 % of elementary education students reach satisfactory content knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge by the end of the course.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Mathematics education
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