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Ricela Feliciano-Semidei:

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The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, & Technology Learning


This article describes a qualitative research case study that aimed to explore the complexity levels and types of mathematical thinking and national mathematics standards that a group of preservice teachers (PSTs) used to write mathematics word problems for secondary school students. The context was a teacher preparation course at a public university located in a rural region in Colombia, South America. The collected data included PSTs’ community reports, audio recordings of small-group discussions, and mathematics word problems. The data analysis process encompassed inductively created codebooks, several rounds of coding, and the inter-rater technique. The findings of the study demonstrated that most word problems written by the PSTs aligned with a few national mathematics standards and different potential levels of mathematical thinking. However, there was a disconnect between these levels of mathematical complexity and the types of funds of knowledge identified. The article ends by sharing implications for mathematics teacher education and suggestions for future research.

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Feliciano-Semidei, R., Ricklefs, M. A., Rocha Fontalvo, Y. A., Palencia Infante, K. A., & Beltrán Hoyos, R. A. (2023). Preparing secondary mathematics preservice teachers for rural schools in Colombia. The International Journal of Science, Mathematics, & Technology Learning, 30(2), 83-99.


Department of Mathematical Sciences



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