What makes a preservice teacher ready to begin the task of mathematics instruction is discussed in the article "The Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Mathematics: Pre-Service Primary Mathematics Teachers' Perspectives in Turkey".
According to Turnuklu and Yesildere (2007), pedagogical content knowledge includes "the knowledge of learners and their characteristics, knowledge of educational contexts, knowledge of educational ends, purposes and values, and their philosophical and historical bases" (p. 2). Where as mathematics content knowledge includes a conceptual understanding of mathematics, and representations.
If effective teachers need in-depth knowledge of both pedagogy and mathematics content knowledge how should Teacher Preparation programs prepare teachers for their role in the classroom?
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