Academic Mathematics in Secondary School Mathematics Teacher Education
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In many countries, the education of secondary school mathematics teachers traditionally includes a strong emphasis on advanced mathematics courses at the college or university level. Such advanced mathematics studies are included either as an integral part of the teacher education program or as a prerequisite for being admitted to such a program (Tatto et al. 2009). The assumption underlying this tradition is that academic studies of mathematics, i.e., knowledge of university mathematics, would enhance teachers’ knowledge of mathematics, which, in turn, will contribute to school mathematics teaching. Acknowledging the gap between academic and school mathematics – termed by the renowned mathematician Felix Klein as “double discontinuity” – this tradition has been reconsidered in recent years, and the relevance of academic studies of mathematics to secondary school mathematics teaching...
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