Pre-service teachers’ knowledge on elementary geometry concepts

Angela Couto, Isabel Vale


This text is based on a research, which is still in progress, whose main objective is to identify and understand what are the main difficulties of future mathematics teachers of basic education are, regarding their content knowledge in geometry in the context of the curricular unit of Geometry during their undergraduate degree. We chose a qualitative approach in the form of case study, in which data collection was done through observation, interviews, a diverse set of tasks, a diagnostic test and other documents. This paper focuses on the test given to prospective teachers at the beginning of the course. The preliminary analysis of the data points to a weak performance of pre-service teachers in the test issues addressing elementary knowledge of Geometry.


elementary concepts of geometry, initial teacher training, geometrical knowledge

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