Thematic issue on Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education has published a call for papers concerning an upcoming thematic issue on Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (MKT). I will be one of the guest editors for this issue – along with my colleague, Janne Fauskanger – and I would therefore like to share the call for papers with all of you (see also this editorial – towards the end – for the official version!):

We would hereby like to welcome submissions for an upcoming special issue of Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education (NOMAD). The theme of the special issue is “Mathematical knowledge for teaching – Nordic contributions”, and we encourage potential authors to submit articles that report or discuss Nordic contributions related to research on ‘mathematical knowledge for teaching’ (MKT). Teachers play an important role when it comes to determining the quality of students’ learning, and teachers’ knowledge of content is an important aspect of teacher quality. Building upon the theories of Lee Shulman, Deborah Ball and her colleagues at the University of Michigan have developed a practice-based theory of MKT. MKT can be defined as the mathematical knowledge that is needed to do the work of teaching mathematics, and the MKT framework has been described as one of the most promising efforts to find out what kind of mathematical content knowledge that is needed for high-quality teaching. Based on classroom studies, the researchers at the University of Michigan have developed measures to assess teachers’ MKT, and they have found strong connections between teachers’ level of MKT and their mathematical quality of instruction—as well as to students’ achievements. In the last couple of years, researchers have started to use the MKT measures outside the U.S. as well, and several interesting discussions have emerged. We encourage authors to submit articles related to different aspects of MKT in a Nordic context.

Please note the deadline for submissions: November 30, 2013. We hope for many high-quality submissions! Please visit the journal website to learn more about submitting articles to the journal, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions 🙂

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