There are many questions about the mathematical preparation teachers need. Recent recommendations from a variety of sources state that reforming teacher preparation in postsecondary institutions is central in providing quality mathematics education to all students. The Mathematics Teacher Preparation Content Workshop examined this problem by considering two central questions:
- What is the mathematical knowledge teachers need to know in order to teach well?
- How can teachers develop the mathematical knowledge they need to teach well?
The Workshop activities focused on using actual acts of teaching such as examining student work, designing tasks, or posing questions, as a medium for teacher learning. The Workshop proceedings, Knowing and Learning Mathematics for Teaching
, is a collection of the papers presented, the activities, and plenary sessions that took place.
"Can we ever successfully tell others what we really know? This question is addressed beautifully but subtly... This book could be of immense value by virtue of the way it sets out not conclusions and exhortations, but a variety of exercises or tasks which groups of colleagues could undertake together. ... I expect that in a short time there will be many well-thumbed copies of the book on the bookshelves of teachers and educators at all levels."
-- Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2001