This article describes how early childhood teachers engaged in a public preK professional development program. We examine how developing teacher identities mediated engagement with the discourses of developmentally appropriate practice, early mathematics, and funds of knowledge and how they connected present practice to an imagined future. We found that helping them to connect practice experience and new mathematical content knowledge through play allowed them to envision a meaningful place for math with young children.
Graue, E., Delaney, K., Karabon, A., Whyte, K., Kim, J., & Wager, A. (2015). Imagining a Future in 4k: How Professional Identity Shapes Notions of Mathematics. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 46(1), 37-54.