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ERIC Number: ED002433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Oct
Pages: 1
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FOUNDATIONS OF MATHEMATICS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS--AN INSERVICE PROJECT.
WEAVER, J. FRED
A PROGRAM PROVIDING INSERVICE TRAINING FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS USING MODERN MATHEMATICS TEXTBOOKS WAS PRESENTED. FOR A PERIOD OF 13 WEEKS, ONE-HALF HOUR LECTURES WERE GIVEN VIA TELEVISION 1 DAY A WEEK AFTER SCHOOL HOURS. THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION, A STATE COLLEGE, AND A TEAM REPRESENTING THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS COOPERATED. THE MAIN BODY OF THE PROJECT CONSISTED OF A SET OF KINESCOPES WHICH WERE DEVOTED TO MATHEMATICS CONTENT AND TEACHING SUGGESTIONS. LESSON NOTES WERE DISTRIBUTED PRIOR TO EACH TELECAST. A DISCUSSION PERIOD FOLLOWED EACH TELECAST. SINCE THE TELECASTS WERE RECORDED, THE PROJECT DIRECTOR AND LECTURER COULD VISIT WITH GROUPS OF TEACHERS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS DURING THE REVIEW AND DISCUSSION PERIOD. AT THE CLOSE OF THE PROJECT, TEACHERS SUBMITTED EVALUATION SHEETS. DIFFICULTIES EXPRESSED BY TEACHERS WERE THAT THEY DID NOT UNDERSTAND THE SUBJECT MATTER CLEARLY, THE TEXTBOOK MATERIALS WERE NOT AVAILABLE SO APPLICATION WAS DIFFICULT, AND THE LESSON NOTES DID NOT GIVE ENOUGH SUGGESTIONS REGARDING IMPLICATIONS FOR THEIR OWN CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION. NEVERTHELESS, THE PROGRAM INCREASED TEACHER AWARENESS OF CHANGES TAKING PLACE IN MATHEMATICS. MORE TEACHERS SUBMITTED REQUESTS TO TAKE SUMMER COURSES IN MATHEMATICS. THE VISITING TEAM STATED THAT THE PERSONALITY OF THE TELEVISION INSTRUCTOR WAS A STRONG FACTOR, HER PERSONAL CONTACTS ADDED TO THE INSTRUCTIONAL VALUE. THE TEAM RECOMMENDED THAT CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION METHODS AND MATHEMATICS CONTENT SHOULD BE DEVELOPED SEPARATELY IN PARALLEL SERIES, FOLLOW UP DISCUSSIONS AND GUIDELINE NOTES SHOULD BE USED, AND STRONG SUPPORT FROM SCHOOL PRINCIPALS SHOULD BE OBTAINED. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE "ARITHMETIC TEACHER," OCTOBER, 1963.
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Identifiers: MASSACHUSETTS; Massachusetts (Boston)