for the learning of mathematics

an international journal of mathematics education

Andrea McCloskey - Vol. 32 Num. 3 (2012)
 Caring in professional development projects for mathematics teachers: an example of stimulation and harmonizing


In this article, I build on the work of mathematics education researchers (Hackenberg, 2005; Sztajn, 2008) who have used Noddings's (1984) notion of caring to lend insights to the teaching of mathematics. In particular, I retrospectively analyze my actions when I was serving as a mathematics teacher educator seeking to provide professional development to an elementary school mathematics teacher. I use Hackenberg's (2005) constructs of mathematical caring relations, stimulation, and harmonizing in an effort to learn about professional development. Insights from this study help further our understanding of and familiarity with the notion of caring in mathematics teacher education.