Preparing preservice teachers to teach mathematical literacy: a reform in a teacher education program

Dung Tran, An Nguyen, Duyen Nguyen, Phuong Ta, Giang-Nguyen Nguyen

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To meet the demand of incoming school curriculum reform focusing on competency-based learning in Vietnam, this paper reports on an innovation project on developing secondary mathematics preservice teachers’ (PSTs) mathematical literacy and preparing them to teach mathematics contextually. We developed curriculum and studied the effectiveness of the implementation to a secondary mathematics PST education program that integrates mathematical literacy (ML) in methods courses. The courses offer the PSTs opportunities to experience ML as active learners and prepare them to teach ML. The preliminary results on a project-based modeling task show that the PSTs begin to develop an understanding of ML when they take real-life considerations into account in solving the authentic problem. Discussion about the tension between simplifying models and reflecting the real problem, and directions for future study are suggested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICMI Study 24
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the twenty-fourth ICMI Study School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
EditorsYoshinori Shimizu, Renuka Vithal
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
PublisherInternational Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9784924843936
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event ICMI Study School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms (24th : 2018): Challenges, Changes and Opportunities - University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
Duration: 25 Nov 201830 Nov 2018


Conference ICMI Study School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms (24th : 2018)
Abbreviated titleICMI Study 24


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