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Mathematics learning difficulties in primary education: teachers' professional knowledge and the use of commercially available learning packages

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The present study builds on teachers' professional knowledge about mathematics learning difficulties. Based on the input of 918 primary school teachers, an attempt is made to develop an overview of difficult curriculum topics in primary school mathematics. The research approach builds on new conceptions about the professional identity of teachers and earlier conceptions that point at the critical relevance of teachers' pedagogical content knowledge. It is also found that the adoption of a specific commercially available learning package (CALP: manuals and exercise books used in the classroom) plays a mediating role.

Keywords: commercially available learning packages; learning difficulties; mathematics; primary education

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Educational Studies, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium 2: Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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