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ASSESSING AND DEVELOPING PEDAGOGICAL CONTENT AND STATISTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS THROUGH PROJECT WORK


Authors: 
Juan D. Godino, Carmen Batanero, Rafael Roa and Miguel R. Wilhelmi
Pages: 
online
Year: 
2008
Publisher: 
Proceedings from the joint ICMI/IASE Study Statistics in School Mathematics.<br>Challenges for Teaching and Teacher Education
URL: 
http://www.ugr.es/~icmi/iase_study/Files/Contents.htm
Abstract: 

In this paper we describe a model of pedagogical content knowledge with a formative cycle directed to simultaneously increase the teachers' statistical and pedagogical knowledge. In this cycle, teachers are first given a statistical project to work with and then carry out a didactical analysis of the project. An analysis guide, based on the notion of didactical suitability, helps increase the teachers' competence related to the different components of pedagogical content knowledge and their ability to carry out didactical analyses. At the same time it provides the teacher educator with information regarding the future teachers' previous knowledge and learning. Results of experimenting with this formative cycle for a particular project in a group of 55 prospective teachers indicated a need for better statistics preparation of these teachers and illustrated the usefulness of the formative cycle and analysis guide proposed.

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