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Professional reflection and development : mathematics teacher education lecturers and beginning teachers
Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (23rd : 2011) and the Annual Conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (34th : 2011) (3 - 7 July 2011 : Alice Springs, NT)
Clark, Julie; Kissane, Barry; Mousley, Judith; Spencer, Toby and Thornton, Steve. Mathematics : traditions and [new] practices : proceedings of the AAMT-MERGA Conference, held in Alice Springs, 3-7 July 2011, Vol. 2, p.1039-1047
Jaworski (2003) extended Lave and Wenger's (1991) idea about learning to teach through being engaged in a 'community of practice' to include teachers and researchers collaborating in a 'community of enquiry' as they investigate their own practice. Most beginning teachers feel overwhelmed and it can be a very intense time of reflection as they develop the habits and skills of good teaching. This paper describes the professional reflections of four participants when two university lecturers each made weekly visits to the classroom of a former university student to observe a lesson, followed by a time of shared reflection and planning.