Cultural Competencies and Planning for Teaching Mathematics: Preservice Teachers Responding to Expectations, Opportunities, and Resources

Susanna Wilson, Jane McChesney, Liz Brown


In this article, the authors report on a small-scale study set in a context of a first-year mathematics education course for preservice primary teachers. Professional documentation from three different sources were analysed in relation to the national document Tātaiako: Cultural Competencies for Teachers of Māori Learners, which was used as a key course resource in a year-one mathematics education course for preservice teachers. The authors found evidence that the pre-service teachers used the resource to identify important learning and teaching practices, and as a source of language and examples. A further tentative finding was how relational aspects of teaching mathematics were adopted as indicators of culturally connected practice


cultually responsive teaching, preservice teacher’s expectations, teacher education

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