Using simulations to foster preservice mathematics teachersâ€™ self-assessment, learning, and reflections on teaching. (English)

Math. Teach. Educ. 1, No. 2, 162-171 (2013).

Summary: We present 2 technology-involved tasks that we use in our mathematics pedagogy courses to ostensibly give peservice secondary mathematics teachers (PSMTs) sample activities they can use in their teaching or use to assesss their own future studentsâ€™ ability to apply trigonometric functions in contextual situations using technology. However, we have two other purposes for posing these tasks. One purpose is to provide occasions for PSMTs to self-assess their mathematical and technology knowledge, and subsequentiy take action to learn mathematics and technology features. The other purpose is to use such tasks as springboards for substantive discussions about teaching, learning, technology, and assessment. Such simulation tasks have engaged PSMTs and helped them develop their knowledge base for teaching mathematics.