DEVELOPING QUALITY TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS: THE ROLE OF MATHEMATICAL KNOWLEDGE OF TEACHING

Mohd Faizal Nizam Lee Abdullah

Abstract


Results of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies (TIMSS) and the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) have demonstrated the strengths and weaknesses in the teaching and learning of mathematics nationwide and internationally. The results of such studies in Malaysia have given rise to a lot of interest in  mathematical quality of instruction (MQI), the amount of knowledge teachers need to possess to teach mathematics effectively and the role this knowledge plays in the development of quality teachers of mathematics.  A study by Pournara, Hodgen, Adler and Pillay (2015) claims that teachers' weak knowledge of mathematics and failure to provide rich learning experiences to pupils resulted in poor attainment in mathematics.

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