ERIC Number: ED344879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Math Student Teachers: How Well Prepared Are They?
Stahlhut, Richard G.
This study was conducted to find out how well mathematics majors at the University of Northern Iowa were prepared in the foundations of effective teaching practices and how well they performed during the student teaching experience. Data were gathered from mathematics student teachers (N=22) who were observed, interviewed, and asked to keep daily journals. Results suggest that mathematics teacher education students: (1) be required to create practical problems for pupils for every mathematics course in grades 7-12; (2) be required to take a course that deals with writing across the curriculum so they can better incorporate English into their classroom instruction; (3) spend time working with and investigating the use of technology in classroom instruction; and (4) enroll in course work outside the department of mathematics that focuses on the general methods of effective teaching. (LL)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Majors (Students), Mathematical Applications, Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Required Courses, Secondary Education, Student Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Methods, Writing Across the Curriculum
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Nashville, TN, April 1, 1992).