Exploring Mathematics Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Calculus in a Technical Institute

By Siti Mistima Maat, Effandi Zakaria and Yusminah Mohd Yusof.

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This study was conducted to investigate the components of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) of three mathematics teachers in a technical institute. The component of the research framework includes the PCK held by these teachers on calculus particularly in the topic of differentiation. The research participants were two experienced teachers and one novice teacher who have more than three years experience in teaching mathematics at the diploma and degree level. They were given a set of questions concerning the subject content knowledge, knowledge of students and knowledge of pedagogy. Data were also gathered by informal interview and classroom observation which was conducted by the researcher. The PCK held by the two experienced teachers possessed more detailed explanations of the concept than the new teacher and able to construct teaching strategies that suits students' levels. However, their teaching was focused on delivering procedural knowledge to the students. The findings pointed out the importance of having mathematics knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge.

Keywords: Calculus, Pedagogical Content Knowledge Differentiation

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.25-34. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 802.380KB).

Siti Mistima Maat

Lecturer, Mathematics Unit, Technical Foundation Section, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia France Institute, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

The author is a doctorate student in mathematics education at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has more than ten years of teaching mathematics at the tertiary level and very passionate in doing research in mathematics education, history and philosophy of mathematics. She has presented papers in various conferences at international level as well as national level.

Dr. Effandi Zakaria

Associate Prof, Department of Educational Methodology and Practice, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr Effandi is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. His interests have been mathematics teaching and learning, mathematics problem solving, ICT integration in mathematics education,attitudes and beliefs of teachers and students, and has undertaken research related to all of these areas.

Yusminah Mohd Yusof

Lecturer, Mathematics Unit, Malacca Matriculation College, Masjid Tanah, Malacca, Malaysia


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