The Math Teachers Know

Profound Understanding of Emergent Mathematics

by Brent Davis,

What sorts of mathematics competencies must teachers have in order to teach the discipline well? This book offers a novel take on the question. Most research is focused on explicit knowledge–that is, on the sorts of insights that might be specified, catalogued, taught, and tested. In contrast, this book focuses on the tacit dimensions of teachers’ mathematics knowledge that precede and enable their competencies with formal mathematics. It highlights the complexity of this knowledge and offers strategies to uncover it, analyze it, and re-synthesize it in ways that will make it more available for teaching. Emerging from 10 years of collaborative inquiry with practicing teachers, it is simultaneously informed by the most recent research and anchored to the realities of teachers’ lives in classrooms.

  • Taylor and Francis; July 2013
  • ISBN 9781135097790
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure EPUB format
  • Title: The Math Teachers Know
  • Author: Brent Davis; Moshe Renert
  • Imprint: Routledge

In The Press

"This book argues convincingly that teaching mathematics is a complex process and teachers need to reflect on fundamental ideas. It raises important questions, provides practical examples, and offers invaluable insights into mathematics teaching. Summing up: Recommended." - H.P. Koirala, Eastern Connecticut State Universityin CHOICE, January 2014

About The Author

Brent Davis is Professor and Distinguished Research Chair in Mathematics Education at the University of Calgary, Canada.

Moshe Renert is a noted mathematics educator in Western Canada with extensive teaching experience at secondary and post-secondary levels