ERIC Number: ED333086
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Characteristics and Attitudes of Frequent Participants in the Urban Mathematics Collaboratives: Results of the Secondary Mathematics Teacher Questionnaire.
Middleton, James A.; And Others
This technical report examines the results of a teacher background questionnaire administered to 430 frequent participants in 11 Urban Mathematics Collaboratives (UMCs). The goal of the UMC is to improve mathematics education in urban schools and to identify new models for meeting the professional needs of high school teachers by exposing them to new trends in the field, and by fostering a sense of collegiality with mathematicians in business and universities. The following findings are discussed: (1) the high proportion of female and minority group member participants reflected the local population; (2) participants had an average of 14 years of teaching experience; (3) participants appeared to be exceptionally well qualified to teach, but they may not have had as much exposure to mathematics as other mathematics teachers; (4) participants seemed to be exceptionally involved in professional enrichment and staff development; (5) involvement with other teachers was cited as the most important strategy for improving instruction; (6) participants cited absenteeism, low reading ability, and poor motivation as serious problems in their schools; (7) computers were not generally available for use by the majority of participants; and (8) participants placed heavy emphasis on developing students' knowledge of mathematical facts and principles and their approach to systematic problem-solving. Statistical data are presented in 34 tables. A list of 11 references and the survey questionnaire are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.