Online Support for Preservice Mathematics Teachers in Schools

Anthony Herrington, Jan Herrington, Arshad Omari

Abstract


This paper describes the development of a web-based resource designed to support
preservice mathematics teachers on school practice. The development of the site
resulted in part from a needs analysis conducted with a focus group of students. The
purpose of the focus group discussion was to gain from the students their ideas
about the type of support that would be most helpful to them as they prepare to teach
mathematics lessons, and how the university might be able to assist in these
sometimes prolonged periods in school where they are without their traditional
support structures. As a result of these discussions, the website was developed and
refined to provide a comprehensive resource to suit their needs while on professional
practice. Elements of the site, together with potential further developments and
research, are described.

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