Teacher knowledge in early algebra

This project involves an international comparative study of UK and NZ primary teachers' mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge of the equal sign. This includes an investigation of (i) teachers’ conceptions of equality and use of relational thinking, (ii) awareness of students’ potential responses to equality tasks, and (iii) awareness of students’ developmental understanding of the equal sign and associated teaching strategies. Questionnaires are used with both teachers and students to investigate their understanding in this area.

Principal investigator: Dr Jodie Hunter

Collaborator: Dr Ian Jones, Loughborough University

Funding: Massey University International Visitor Research Fund