n Pythagoras - Reflections on the role of a research task for teacher education in data handling in a Mathematical Literacy education course

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-2346
  • E-ISSN: 2223-7895


The introduction of the subject "Mathematical Literacy" in the Further Education and Training band from 2006 has created an urgent need for large numbers of teachers to be educated about the nature of mathematical literacy and to become effective teachers of it. In this paper we report on an attempt to contribute to this goal through a curriculum component in an "Advanced Certificate in Education" course. This curriculum component on data handling was structured around a research task which required the teachers on the course to practise mathematical literacy in a context where there is close linkage with other vital competencies, such as verbal reasoning, writing and computer literacy. This approach articulates well with the kind of teaching envisaged by the curriculum statement for "Mathematical Literacy". We report on an initial analysis of the teachers' reflections on their experienceof the curriculum-embedded research task on this course, the manner in which this task contributed to their understanding of mathematical literacy as a practice and themselves as practitioners.

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