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ERIC Number: ED014454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-May-31
Pages: 98
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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STUDY OF MATHEMATICS TEACHERS IN ALABAMA. FINAL REPORT.
EASTERDAY, KENNETH E.
TO IMPROVE MATHEMATICS TEACHING, A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS SENT TO 1,000 SECONDARY AND 2,018 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS TEACHERS IN ALABAMA. RESPONSES WERE RECEIVED FROM 964 (33.4 PERCENT) OF THOSE QUERIED. AMONG THE FINDINGS WERE (1) 62.5 PERCENT OF THE TEACHERS HAD 4-YEAR OR CLASS B CERTIFICATES, 26.9 PERCENT HAD 5-YEAR OR CLASS A, 3.4 PERCENT HAD 6-YEAR OR CLASS AA, AND 7.5 PERCENT HAD OTHER CERTIIFICATES. (2) THE MEDIAN AMOUNT OF EXPERIENCE WAS 9.4 YEARS, AND THE MEDIAN LENGTH OF SERVICE 3.4 YEARS. (3) 46.3 PERCENT OF THE SECONDARY TEACHERS DID NOT MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS. (4) 39.6 PERCENT OF THE SECONDARY TEACHERS HAD ATTENDED A NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION PROGRAM. (5) AVERAGE CLASS SIZE VARIED FROM 25 IN ADVANCED CLASSES TO 35 IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. (6) 23.4 PERCENT OF THE TEACHERS WITH A MATHEMATIC MAJOR TAUGHT COURSES OTHER THAN MATHEMATICS. (7) 25 TEACHERS DID NOT HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE, 703 HAD A BACHELOR'S DEGREE, AND 232 HAD A MASTER'S. (8) LESS THAN 10 PERCENT OF THE ELEMENTARY TEACHERS REPORTED COURSES EQUIVALENT TO THE LEVEL OF RECOMMENDATION OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS, AND LESS THAN 25 PERCENT OF THE SECONDARY TEACHERS COULD MEET LEVEL TWO REQUIREMENTS. IT IS CONCLUDED THAT (A) RETRAINING PROGRAMS FOR UPPER ELEMENTARY AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE NEEDED, AND (B) SALARIES MUST BE RAISED TO HOLD COMPETENT PEOPLE. (AW)
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Authoring Institution: Auburn Univ., AL.
Identifiers: ALABAMA