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Preparing pre-service mathematics teachers for STEM education: an analysis of lesson proposals
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Science & Engineering. (Matematikdidaktik)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3681-3535
Linköping University, Department of Mathematics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.
2019 (English)In: ZDM - the International Journal on Mathematics Education, ISSN 1863-9690, E-ISSN 1863-9704, Vol. 51, no 6, p. 941-953Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Based on an investigation of research literature on the role of mathematics within the context of STEM education and twenty-first century skills, this explorative study presents and analyses 19 pre-service teachers’ lesson proposals for innovative STEM activities in secondary mathematics classrooms. Drawing on a categorisation of twenty-first century skills and key concepts from Realistic Mathematics Education and Basil Bernstein’s writings, the analysis indicated a use of detailed instructions regarding what students should do but unspecified criteria for their expected knowledge productions. Rather than serving as a digital tool for problem solving, programming was used for the purpose of generalising students’ conceptual knowledge in mathematics. At the same time a focus on modelling and applications in the STEM activities tended to weaken the disciplinary character of mathematics. The learning of various twenty-first century skills was promoted to different extents. The study raises a discussion of affordances and constraints regarding students’ access to mathematical knowledge through different modes of integration of mathematics and other STEM subjects aiming to support the development of twenty-first century skills.

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Springer, 2019. Vol. 51, no 6, p. 941-953
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STEM education, Twenty-first century skills, Pre-service teachers, Mathematical modelling, Horizontal and vertical mathematisation, Classification and framing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161672DOI: 10.1007/s11858-019-01071-7ISI: 000501020200006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85068998045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161672DiVA, id: diva2:1368087
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Funding agencies:  Linkoping University

Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2020-01-09Bibliographically approved

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