ERIC Number: ED333088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Urban Mathematics Collaborative Project: Report to the Ford Foundation on the 1989-1990 School Year. Program Report 91-1.
Webb, Norman L.; And Others
This report documents and evaluates the activities of the Urban Mathematics Collaborative (UMC) project during the 1989-90 school year. UMC seeks to improve mathematics education in inner-city schools and identify new models for the professional development of mathematics teachers by supporting collaboration among mathematics teachers and mathematicians from institutions of higher learning and industry. Teachers are encouraged to identify with and participate in a broad-based local mathematics community. The project is currently operating in 11 cities across the country. A variety of qualitative and quantitative methods were used to evaluate the project. The following summary findings are presented: (1) the project has been successful in reducing teacher isolation, increasing professional enthusiasm, and enhancing teacher awareness of and receptivity to new ideas; (2) the project has not been successful in developing teacher evaluation and critical reflection skills; (3) the project has increased the awareness of businesspeople and educators about teacher commitment and enthusiasm, but communication problems prevent an appreciation of the daily problems faced by teachers; and (4) the project has made school district administrators more aware of mathematics teachers and mathematics education and increased interaction between district supervisors and teachers. Descriptions of the 11 UMC collaboratives are included. A list of 36 references and summary reports from the 11 collaboratives are appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.