ERIC Number: ED406896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
University Faculty "Modeling" Good Instruction in Mathematics and Science Courses for Prospective Middle Grades Teachers: Voices from the MCTP.
Watanabe, Tad; And Others
A survey of participants in a model teacher education program examined instructor and student attitudes toward modeling of recommended instructional approaches. The Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP) has the goals of developing and implementing programs to prepare special middle grade level mathematics and science teachers at Maryland public institutions of higher education. This study involved semi-structured interviews of two groups of participants. The first group included instructors of MCTP mathematics and science content courses taught at six colleges/universities and three community colleges in Maryland during school years 1994-95 and 1995-96 (n=31, 102 interviews). The second group was comprised of MCTP teacher candidates enrolled in some of these courses (n=85, 146 interviews). Most MCTP content instructors indicated they accepted the dual role of modeling good instruction while teaching content. For many teachers, the role of exemplar was new and teachers made special efforts to offer models of good teaching while creating collaborative learning environments. Students' responses indicated they generally appreciated instructors' efforts to model good instruction. Both groups expressed concerns about using the same teaching approach for college students and middle grade students. (Contains 15 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).