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Professional development of an experienced teacher through research community activities: focusing on task modification and implementation to facilitate mathematical creativity  

Moon, SungJae (Graduate school of Department of Mathematics Education, Seoul National University)
Noh, JeongWon (Graduate school of Department of Mathematics Education, Seoul National University)
Ro, YeSol (Graduate school of Department of Mathematics Education, Seoul National University)
Lee, KyeongHwa (Department of Mathematics Education, Seoul National University)
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The Mathematical Education / v.58, no.4, 2019 , pp. 545-566 More about this Journal
The purpose of this study is to show that research community activities can contribute to the professional development in respect of average concepts and mathematical creativity. In the community, activities were undertaken to transform the existing task into the task that contributes to the manifestation of creativity. In this process, researchers tried to connect the theory with the practice of the class, and the teacher acted as an active learner. The findings show that the teacher who had difficulty in teaching average could overcome difficulties, and also derived the way of task modification and strategies necessary for teaching average. The modified task induced improvements in students' achievement levels, which led to change in teachers' perspective on the relationship between mathematical creativity and learning. Research community activities have been shown to have contributed to improvements with regard to both teaching the average and promoting mathematical creativity.
task modification; professional development; average; mathematical creativity; research community;
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