This year (2011-2012), I am working on a project related to mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) in kindergarten. As a starting point for what is intended to be a long-term project, I have spent some weeks observing the everyday practices in a Norwegian kindergarten. The main goal with these observations was to learn more about the tasks of teaching that could be observed in the everyday practices of the kindergarten teacher. As a help, I developed an observation scheme based on e.g. the tasks of teaching that Deborah Ball and her colleagues developed in their studies of MKT in the U.S., and I also used Alan Bishop’s categories of fundamental mathematical activities. Below is the observation scheme in the original Norwegian version:
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