Translating Learning Trajectories Into Useable Tools for Teachers

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  • 1 North Carolina State University
  • 2 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Mathematics teacher educators play a critical role in translating research findings into frameworks that are useful for mathematics teachers in their daily practice. In this article, we describe the development of a representation that brings together four research-based learning trajectories on number and operations. We detail our design process, present the ways in which we shared this representation with teachers during a professional development project, and provide evidence of the ways teachers used this translation of research into a pedagogical tool to make sense of students' mathematics. We conclude with revisions to the representation based on our analysis and discuss the role of mathematics teacher educators in translating research findings into useful tools for teachers.

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Cyndi Edgington, 502J Poe Hall, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801; cpedging@ncsu.edu

P. Holt Wilson, P.O. Box 26170, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402; phwilson@uncg.edu

Paola Sztajn, 317J Poe Hall, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7801; psztajn@ncsu.edu

Jared Webb, P.O. Box 26170, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 27402; jnwebb2@uncg.edu

(Corresponding author is Edgington cpedging@ncsu.edu)(Corresponding author is Wilson phwilson@uncg.edu)(Corresponding author is Sztajn psztajn@ncsu.edu)(Corresponding author is Webb jnwebb2@uncg.edu)
Mathematics Teacher Educator

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