Elementary school teachers are encouraged to better integrate appropriate mathematics pedagogy with deeper, more relevant mathematics content. However, many teach a mathematics they do not fully understand to students who see, recognize, and use less mathematics than ever before. Both teachers and students struggle to articulate the role mathematics plays in society as mathematics becomes more embedded into our technology. In this study, we asked teachers to record the mathematics they used on a daily basis during a 1-week period. Their responses indicate that they do not recognize that mathematics plays any important role in technological and professional practices. This negatively impacts their ability to effectively teach mathematics in the elementary classroom because they cannot make connections between classroom practices and real-world uses of mathematics.
Garii, Barbara and Okumu, Lillian
"Mathematics and the World: What do Teachers Recognize as Mathematics in Real World Practice?,"
The Mathematics Enthusiast: Vol. 5
, Article 11.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol5/iss2/11