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Assessing Elementary Prospective Teachers’ Mathematical Explanations After Engagement in Online Mentoring Modules

, Northwest Missouri State University, United States ; , West Virginia University, United States ; , Utah State University, United States

CITE Journal Volume 16, Number 4, ISSN 1528-5804 Publisher: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education, Waynesville, NC USA


Prospective elementary teachers at three universities engaged in online modules called the Virtual Field Experience, created by the Math Forum. The prospective teachers learned about problem solving and mentoring elementary students in composing solutions and explanations to nonroutine challenge problems. Finally, through an asynchronous online environment, the prospective teachers mentored elementary students. The researchers assessed the prospective teachers’ solutions and explanations to problems at the beginning of the semester, at the middle of the semester after completing the training in mentoring, and again at the end of the semester after the mentoring was completed. The researchers observed improvements in the prospective teachers’ abilities to write explanations to problems. Specifically, growth was seen in prospective teachers’ communication of their explanations and their ability to construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others (Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010, Standard for Mathematical Practice 3), and attend to precision (Standard for Mathematical Practice 6).


Wall, J., Selmer, S. & Bingham Brown, A. (2016). Assessing Elementary Prospective Teachers’ Mathematical Explanations After Engagement in Online Mentoring Modules. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 16(4), 373-414. Waynesville, NC USA: Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education. Retrieved March 26, 2019 from .

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