International Perspectives on Mathematics Teacher Education

Edited by:
Denisse R Thompson, University of South Florida
Christine Suurtamm, University of Ottawa
Mary Ann Huntley, Cornell University

A volume in the series: Research in Mathematics Education. Editor(s): Denisse R Thompson, University of South Florida. Mary Ann Huntley, Cornell University. Christine Suurtamm, University of Ottawa.

Published 2021

Mathematics teacher education includes the mathematics content teachers need to understand, ways that pedagogical approaches are developed, messages about the nature of mathematics teaching and learning, and interfaces between tertiary preparation and school contexts. Scholars from Sweden, France, Malawi, Singapore, New Zealand, Brazil, the USA, and Canada provide insights for the mathematics education community’s understanding of how teacher educators structure, develop, and implement their respective mathematics teacher education programs. Several themes emerged across the chapters, including: varied approaches to developing culturally responsive pedagogies and/or Indigenous perspectives; issues and challenges in fostering partnerships and collaborations; strategies for developing mathematics knowledge for teaching; and preparing flexible and resourceful teachers.

Praise for International Perspectives on Mathematics Teacher Education:

"International Perspectives on Mathematics Teacher Education explores different facets of mathematics teacher education in eight countries across five continents. The authors and editors answer important questions and open the door to critical conversations about policies and practices related to mathematics teacher recruitment, preparation, and professional development, among other topics. Every reader will develop new perspectives as they learn how one institution is engaging with Indigenous perspectives while other countries struggle with an insufficient supply of certified teachers. This book clearly demonstrates challenges, constraints, nuances and complexities to initiating and maintaining improvement across systems to enhance the work and spaces of mathematics teachers within different historical, cultural, social, and political contexts. This volume also generates ideas and opportunities for leaders, policymakers, and teacher educators to consider and learn from international colleagues about different approaches to mathematics teacher education practice and policy. Undoubtedly, debates about standards, content and experiences in programs, and accountability structures such as accreditation will continue. It is clear from the insights in this volume that strengthening mathematics teacher education will require stronger collaborations, frameworks, policies, infrastructure, and investments on a global scale and it will be critical to collaborate with and learn from colleagues in international settings. These conversations will require reciprocity, interdependence, and resilience as we pursue the ultimate goal of equipping the field of mathematics teacher education."
Kathryn Chval
Dean, College of Education
Professor of Mathematics Education
University of Illinois Chicago

Preface. Questions Facing Mathematics Teacher Education: An Introduction to the Volume, Christine Suurtamm, Mary Ann Huntley, Denisse R. Thompson. The Crosscurrents of Swedish Mathematics Teacher Education, Iben Maj Christiansen, Anette de Ron, Andreas Ebbelind, Susanne Engström, Susanne Frisk, Cecilia Kilhamn, Veronica Jatko Kraft, Yvonne Liljekvist, Mathias Norqvist, Rimma Nyman, Lisa Österling, Hanna Palmér, Anna Pansell, Astrid Pettersson, Kerstin Pettersson, Inger Ridderlind, Christina Skodras, Kicki Skog, Lovisa Sumpter. Teacher Training in Mathematics in France, Nadine Grapin, Nathalie Sayac. Mathematics Teacher Education in Malawi, Everton Lacerda Jacinto, Mercy Kazima, Arne Jakobsen, Raymond Bjuland. Mathematics Teacher Education in Singapore, Eng Guan Tay, Berinderjeet Kaur. Mathematics Teacher Education in Aotearoa New Zealand, Glenda Anthony, Raewyn Eden. Education of Teachers who Teach Mathematics in Brazil, Celi Espasandin Lopes, Adair Mendes Nacarato. Mathematics Teacher Education in the United States with a Focus on Innovations in Recruitment and Equitable Instructional Practices, Amy Roth McDuffie, Tariq Akmal, Mary Q. Foote. Mathematics Teacher Education in Canada: Emerging Possibilities in Engaging with Indigenous Perspectives, Florence Glanfield, Christopher Charles. Reflections on Commonalities and Challenges in Mathematics Teacher Education Across Eight Countries, Mary Ann Huntley, Denisse R. Thompson, Christine Suurtamm. Biographies.