ERIC Number: ED399262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Developing Mathematics Reform: What Don't We Know about Teacher Learning--But Would Make Good Working Hypotheses? NCRTL Craft Paper 95-4.
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg
This paper examines what teacher educators, policymakers, and teachers think they know about the current mathematics reforms and what it takes to help teachers engage with these reforms. The analysis is organized around three issues: (1) the "it" envisioned by the reforms; (2) what teachers (and others) bring to learning "it"; (3) what is known and believed about teacher learning. The second part of the paper deals with what is not known about the reforms and how to help a larger number of teachers engage productively with the reforms. This section of the paper confronts the current pressures to "scale up" reform efforts to "reach" more teachers. Arguing that what is known is not sufficient to meet the demand for scaling up, three potential hypotheses about teacher learning and professional development are proposed that might serve to meet the demand to offer more teachers opportunities for learning. (Contains 81 references.) (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Secondary School Mathematics, Teacher Improvement
National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Learning, East Lansing, MI.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a conference on Teacher Enhancement in Mathematics K-6 (Arlington, VA, November 18-20, 1994).