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How do teachers learn? Different mechanisms of teacher in-class learning

Man Ching Chan, Anne Roche, David Clarke, Doug Clarke, G Hine (ed.), S Blackley (ed.), A Cooke (ed.)

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia | Published : 2019


This paper elaborates on the teacher change process described in the Interconnected Model of Teacher Professional Growth by providing empirical evidence from a study that investigated the knowledge construction process of three mathematics teachers in Melbourne, Australia. Through a research design that aimed to facilitate teacher reflection regarding their learning processes during the design and teaching of lessons, two mechanisms of teacher learning were identified: consolidation in terms of reinforcement of existing knowledge and beliefs, and realisation of new knowledge and beliefs. This finding prompted a re- conceptualisation of the nature of teacher professional growth.