ERIC Number: ED409201
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Principles of Effective Professional Development for Mathematics and Science Education: A Synthesis of Standards.
Loucks-Horsley, Susan; And Others
NISE Brief, v1 n1 May 1996
This brief discusses some of the results and conclusions from the Professional Development Project of the National Institute for Science Education (NISE). The project was intended to explore whether the science, mathematics, and professional development communities share a common understanding of what professional learning experiences look like and how teacher development should be nurtured. A variety of standards and related materials were reviewed as part of the project, and a listing of those is included. Seven principles that are found in excellent professional development experiences for science and mathematics educators are presented. The principles include ideas related to a clear, well-defined image of effective classroom learning and teaching; providing teachers with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills and broaden their teaching approaches; using instructional methods to promote learning for adults which mirror the methods used with students; building or strengthening the learning community of science and mathematics teachers; preparing and supporting teachers to serve in leadership roles; providing links to other parts of the educational system; and making continuous assessment part of the professional development process. (DDR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Technology Education
National Institute for Science Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1025 W. Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706; World Wide Web: http://www.wcer.wisc.edu/nise (free).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Science Education, Madison, WI.