Analysis of mathematical tasks in a continuing primary teacher education scheme

Márcia Cristina de Costa Trindade Cyrino Cristina Cirino de Jesus About the authors

In this article, we discuss how the analysis of mathematical tasks, in a continuing primary teacher education scheme, can help primary teachers to reflect on their pedagogical practice. In order to achieve this purpose, we carried out a qualitative study with a group of fourteen primary teachers from an elementary school in the State of Paraná, during the development of a continuing teacher education scheme, based on the perspective of a study group, whose objective was to analyze mathematical tasks. The study group reflections and discussions enabled us to identify evidence of changes in some teachers regarding aspects such as: the choice/preparation of tasks, the work with the students and the development of pedagogical practice beliefs. The mutual commitment/engagement around a joint enterprise and a shared repertoire were central aspects of the teachers' practice during their continuing education and revealed aspects of their professional development.

Mathematics teaching; Elementary School; Teacher education; Continuous education


Programa de Pós-Graduação em Educação para a Ciência, Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Faculdade de Ciências, campus de Bauru. Av. Engenheiro Luiz Edmundo Carrijo Coube, 14-01, Campus Universitário - Vargem Limpa CEP 17033-360 Bauru - SP/ Brasil , Tel./Fax: (55 14) 3103 6177 - Bauru - SP - Brazil
E-mail: revista@fc.unesp.br