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The Learning Conference 2003

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Pre-service Teachers’ Ability to Identify Math Concepts in Children’s Literature

Carol S. Christy.

This study, using cohorts of primary pre-service teachers for the past three years, indicated that beginning teachers have difficulties determining those mathematical concepts in children's literature that are not explicitly identified. Recently increased university mathematics requirements would indicate that computational ability and successful use of algorithms does not guarantee conceptual understanding. The negative implications for the classroom range from wasted time or ineffective use of materials to incorrect and confusing instruction. Some of the possible causes of this problem will be identified along with solutions or recommendations to improve conceptual growth in mathematics.


Carol S. Christy  (United States)
Associate Professor of Education
College of Education
University of Idaho

Carol Christy has lived and worked in various countries. She currently is the literacy specialist in Coeur d'Alene for the University of Idaho.

  • Math Concepts in Children's Literature
  • Pre-Service Teachers
  • Identify Math Concepts
  • Children's Literature
  • Elementary Math Concepts

(30 min Conference Paper, English)