ERIC Number: ED248101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Midcareer Math and Science Teacher Training Program at Harvard University.
Merseth, Katherine K.
Background information on the shortage of teachers in mathematics and science is first summarized, with discussion of reasons why fewer persons are entering teaching and many experienced teachers are leaving. Then the Midcareer Mathematics and Science Program is described. It is designed to provide mid- to late-career professionals who already possess quantitative backgrounds with the training they need to become secondary school mathematics and science teachers. With six students in 1983 and 20 in 1984, it reaches those for whom the economic constraints of teaching are of less concern, status has already been attained in another field, and the change of pace and environment are welcomed. Conducted during the academic year with optional summer workshops, the eight courses in the program are divided among educational theory, methods of teaching mathematics and science, classroom practice, and electives. Consideration of developmental psychology and of schools as organizations are included, and participants work directly with practicing classroom teachers in a variety of high school settings. The program's objectives and its advantages are both discussed. (MNS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.