ERIC Number: ED312145
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-1
Reference Count: 0
Mathematics for the 21st Century: Preparing Elementary Teachers. Final Report to the Indiana Department of Education.
Kloosterman, Peter; And Others
A number of recent reports have called for increased teaching of "problem solving" and "critical thinking," particularly at the elementary level. This paper provides descriptive and evaluative data on a 9-month inservice program in mathematics for 89 elementary school teachers and 6 elementary school principals from 22 different schools. The primary delivery system for the project was six 4-hour workshops by nationally known experts in elementary mathematics education. Topics for the workshops included cooperative learning, teaching problem solving, use of manipulatives, teaching basic skills, and teaching estimation skills. There was extensive interaction and follow-up with the 24 teachers at one elementary school while follow-up at other schools was limited. In addition to documenting the effectiveness of the program, this report is intended as a "how to" guide for school personnel interested in carrying out a similar inservice workshop series. Major sections included are: (1) "Background"; (2) "Need for the Project"; (3) "Overview of the Project"; (4) "Project Objectives"; (5) "Project Activities"; (6) "Project Evaluation"; and (7) "Budget Summary." Appendices include: "Description of the National Science Foundation Project Currently Under Way at the Mathematics Education Development Center"; "Workshop Series Brochure"; and "Evaluation Instruments." (Author/YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. Mathematics Education Development Center.