ERIC Number: ED306922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan-15
Reference Count: N/A
A Model Program for Preparing Middle School Mathematics Teachers.
Thompson, Alba G.; Thornton, Carol A.
The Illinois State University Model Middle School Mathematics Program (MSMP) described in this report is an undergraduate program designed to prepare middle school mathematics teachers. Its goals include: providing them with a strong background in relevant and updated mathematical content; helping them develop skills in the use of constructivist methods of teaching mathematics; and educating them about current trends and issues in teaching and learning mathematics in general. The MSMP is embedded in a 4-year undergraduate program of studies currently in effect at the university for preparing middle school teachers. It has about 80 students enrolled, and it features a strong mathematics component including course work in geometry, abstract algebra, probability and statistics, basic components of calculus, and mathematical modeling. The coursework also addresses the needs of gifted and underachieving adolescents and the uses of technologies in teaching mathematics. Structured field experiences are interwoven throughout the program, including student teaching. A seminar addressing critical issues (e.g., women and minorities in math and math-related careers in business and industry) is offered concurrently with student teaching. The program is currently being piloted and data are being gathered for the summative evaluation on effectiveness. Two figures show the two components of evaluation design (participants' knowledge and competence and current validity and program impact). (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal. Dept. of Mathematics.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.