ERIC Number: ED395792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-30
Reference Count: N/A
Researching the Preparation of Specialized Mathematics and Science Upper Elementary/Middle-Level Teachers: The 2nd Year Report.
McGinnis, J. Randy; And Others
This report orients the reader to the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP) and gives an overview of the ongoing research activities being conducted within the project. The MCTP is a National Science Foundation funded statewide undergraduate program for students who plan to become specialist mathematics and science upper elementary or middle level teachers. The goal of the MCTP is to promote the development of teachers who are confident teaching mathematics and science, and who can provide an exciting and challenging learning environment for students of diverse backgrounds. Four research studies being conducted within the Research Group focus on the following: (1) statistical examination of data from the college student version of the MCTP "Attitudes and Beliefs About the Nature of and the Teaching of Mathematics and Science" instrument, (2) discourse examination of the mathematics and science MCTP faculty discussing science and mathematics, (3) perception of MCTP teaching faculty on the integration of mathematics and science and on barriers to implementing integration in their classes, and (4) teaching practices of an MCTP mathematics professor. Two appendixes contain college student versions of survey and faculty interview protocols. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/MKR)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Educational Research, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Intermediate Grades, Interviews, Junior High Schools, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Middle Schools, Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Science Teachers, Specialists, Surveys
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Statewide Systemic Initiative
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (St. Louis, MO, March 30, 1996).