Pre-Service Pilot Study by RiSE Faculty Member Franziska Peterson Published
RiSE Faculty member and Graduate Coordinator Franziska Peterson’s pilot study article was recently published in Educational Research: Theory and Practice.
The purpose of this pilot study was to engage pre-service elementary teachers in a semester-long project to deepen their quantitative reasoning skills when working with real-world data. Over three semesters, all pre-service elementary teachers enrolled in mathematics content courses focusing on K-8 mathematics topics had to collect, analyze, visualize, and interpret data. The data collected for this pilot study included all presentation slides, field notes from observing their presentations, and the final papers. The analysis was two-fold: (1) function language analysis, and (2) a grounded theory-inspired open coding. Results indicate that verb choice seems to make a difference in the tone and confidence of the written language and increased ownership seems to lead to stronger reasoning. The open coding and constant comparison of the data as an aggregate led to four potential challenges: (1) avoidance of quantities, (2) only offering qualitative accounts, (3) graph choice purely based on preference, and (4) a lack of quantitative language.