The department is pleased to welcome our next colloquium speakers, Cathy Liebars (TCNJ) and Heather Howell (ETS)
Title: Simulations as Approximations of Practice in Mathematics Teacher Education (or What’s Been Going on in My Office?)
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:00-11:50am
Location: SCP 230
Abstract: Simulations are approximations of practice which are used in many professional fields. They place authentic, practice-based demands on participants, purposefully suspend or standardize some elements of the practice-based situation, and can provide insights which might not be practical or feasible to determine in real-life contexts. They offer the potential to bridge the gap between theoretical coursework and hands-on fieldwork by allowing the novice an opportunity to try out the practice in a constrained, safe situation. This presentation focuses on the use of simulated small group discussion with five avatar “students” in the context of mathematical argumentation, using a digital interface. We will report on recent implementation of this technology supported simulated classroom teaching as part my methods course and will enact a short version of the simulation approach, using a “fishbowl” model in which 1-2 participants can act the part of a preservice teacher in the simulation.