Capitalizing on Productive Norms to Support Teacher Learning

Laura R. Van Zoest Western Michigan University

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Shari L. Stockero Michigan Technological University

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We draw on research into the durability of sociomathematical and professional norms to make a case for attending to productive norms in teacher education experiences. We illustrate that productive norms have the potential to support teacher learning by (a) improving teachers' own mathematical understanding, particularly of specialized content knowledge; (b) supporting teachers to productively view and analyze classroom practice; (c) providing teachers an experiential basis for thinking about fostering productive norms in their classrooms; and (d) helping teachers to develop professional dispositions that support continued learning from practice. This work points to the importance of intentionally considering the norms cultivated in teacher education experiences, assessing their productivity, and strategically focusing on those that provide the best support for teacher learning.

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Laura R. Van Zoest, Western Michigan University, Department of Mathematics 5248, 1903 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008;

Shari L. Stockero, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931;

(Corresponding author is Zoest
(Corresponding author is Stockero
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