Study Groups as a Tool for Enhancing Preservice Students’ Content Knowledge

Robyn Zevenbergen


This paper explores the use of study groups in a preservice primary mathematics
education subject where discipline knowledge (mathematics) is integrated with
pedagogical knowledge (mathematics education). In order to address the wellrecognized
fear and competency levels of preservice teachers in the study of
mathematics, study groups were explored as a medium for enhancing learning –
both cognitive and affective. Overall, those students who used study groups
reported that they were very effective forums for enhancing cognitive and affective
learning outcomes in mathematics.


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