The Effects of Children’s Literature on Preservice Early Childhood Mathematics Teachers’ Thinking

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Christopher Jett


In this article, the author shares an intervention of using children’s literature as a pedagogical frame for an undergraduate mathematics content course with early childhood education majors to influence their thinking about mathematics teaching and learning. With this case study of 29 preservice teachers, the author found that literature increased preservice elementary teachers’ excitement about mathematics, heightened their self-efficacy in mathematics, and motivated them to design innovative mathematics lessons. By elaborating on these findings, the author makes a case for the continued need for mathematically competent teachers in elementary classroom spaces, and the author advocates for the incorporation of literature as a means to do this work. Finally, the author provides implications for future research and practice with other SoTL-related projects involving children’s literature.


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Jett, C. (2018). The Effects of Children’s Literature on Preservice Early Childhood Mathematics Teachers’ Thinking. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 18(1), 96–114.
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