The design of tasks that address applications to teaching secondary mathematics for use in undergraduate mathematics courses
Alvarez, James A.M.
Arnold, Elizabeth G.
Burroughs, Elizabeth A.
Fulton, Elizabeth W.
MetadataShow full item record
his paper describes theoretical design principles emerging from the development of tasks for standard undergraduate mathematics courses that address applications to teaching secondary mathematics. While researchers recognize that mathematical knowledge for teaching is a form of applied mathematics, applications to teaching remain largely absent from curriculum resources for courses for mathematics majors. We developed various materials that contain applications to teaching that have been integrated into four standard undergraduate mathematics courses. Three primary principles influenced the design of the tasks that prepare future teachers to learn and apply mathematics in a manner central to their future work. Additionally, this paper provides guidance for instructors desiring to develop or implement similar applications. The process of developing these tasks underscores the importance of key features regarding the roles of human beings in the tasks, the intentional focus on advanced content connected to school mathematics, and the integration of active engagement strategies.
Álvarez, J. A., Arnold, E. G., Burroughs, E. A., Fulton, E. W., & Kercher, A. (2020). The design of tasks that address applications to teaching secondary mathematics for use in undergraduate mathematics courses. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 60, 100814.