ERIC Number: ED209224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Importance and Presence of Mathematics Inservice Actitivies in Teacher Centers.
Makurat, Phillip A.
The potential of teacher centers to be more responsive to the mathematics inservice needs of teachers was investigated. A review of the literature on inservice education, mathematics, and teacher centers indicated the need for and the importance of high quality inservice for mathematics teachers. Questionnaires were filled out by thirteen college mathematics educators, twelve teacher center directors, and fourteen school mathematics supervisors. The first part of the questionnaire surveyed opinions on mathematics inservice needs, and the second part investigated current mathematics inservice activities in fifteen teacher center programs. Needs and the present amount of mathematics inservice available to teachers were identified in the areas of problem solving; mathematical applications; checking results of mathematical problems; mathematical approximation and estimation; computation; geometry; measurement; using graphs, charts and tables; probability; computer literacy; and teaching methods. Among the conclusions made was that significant differences exist in the views of the respondents regarding the need for inservice on using charts, graphs, and tables. Teacher center directors viewed a greater need for this topic than did the other two groups. There were no differences within the three groups regarding the needs for inservice on problem solving, applications, checking results, approximation and estimation, computation, geometry, measurement, probability, computer literacy, and methods of teaching. It was also concluded that inservice needs are not being met in the areas of problem solving, application, checking results, and probability. School mathematics supervisors viewed a greater need for problem solving and computer literacy and less need for computation and geometry inservice than the other two groups did. Recommendations based on this study are made for improving mathematics inservice education. The needs assessment instruments used in the study are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Doctoral Dissertation, Walden University.