CE  Vol.6 No.10 , June 2015
Mathematical Content Understanding for Teaching: A Study of Undergraduate STEM Majors
ABSTRACT
This paper investigates the nature of mathematical understanding that is needed to teach three foundational early algebra topics. These three topics include dividing fractions, linear equation in two variables and its graph, and quadratic function and its graph. Data from a sample of undergraduate STEM majors in a major research university affirm the importance of developing what Shulman (1999) calls “far more effective mathematics courses in U.S. undergraduate program” in order to equip future mathematics teachers with profound mathematical content understanding for teaching fundamental mathematics (Ma, 1999).

Cite this paper
Newton, X. and Poon, R. (2015) Mathematical Content Understanding for Teaching: A Study of Undergraduate STEM Majors. Creative Education, 6, 998-1031. doi: 10.4236/ce.2015.610101.
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