Self-study in mathematics teacher education

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2nd International Handbook of Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education,, 2020, 1, 1 pp. 1 - 29
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Self-study of teacher education practices is aimed at improvement of teacher education. Given the need identified in the literature for reform in mathematics education, self-study serves an important role in supporting teacher educators to reflect on and enhance their practice. This chapter analyzes the literature concerning self-study in this area. It identifies and discusses the range of articles, chapters, and conference proceedings that consider the self-study of teacher education practices in mathematics education. The chapter begins with an overview of existing issues discussed in mathematics education research and then moves to an examination of the contributions of self-study to resolving such issues. The chapter provides an analysis of the processes used to identify self-studies in this area. The value of self-study in mathematics teacher education is articulated. Four themes are considered: challenging beliefs, pedagogical approaches and methods, collaboration, and mathematics educators’ journeys. Studies are grouped under these themes, and their contributions to the themes are identified. Approaches used by authors are discussed, and limitations of the studies are noted. Suggestions for future self-study research in mathematics teacher education are suggested.
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