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ERIC Number: ED411224
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 67
Abstractor: N/A
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A Report of Initial Certification in Science and Mathematics at Arizona Regents' Universities.
Luft, Julie A.; Buss, Ray; Ebert-May, Diane; Eslamieh, Chula
This report discusses a project to assess the programs for initial certification of science and mathematics teachers at Arizona Regents' universities. The assessment addressed the participants, recommended coursework for certification, the curriculum for each program, and the faculty and staff involved in each initial certification program. Information about initial certification programs was collected from all Regents' Universities (Arizona State, Arizona State University West, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona) and compared to both the national and state recommendations for these programs. Data were collected by a survey of a sample of faculty (n=66) and by examination of documents. Examination of initial certification programs in science and mathematics showed that preservice teachers did not receive adequate training. In particular, secondary students pursuing a minor in education were not required to take courses in mathematics or science pedagogy. Elementary education majors did not have adequate subject matter preparation in either science or mathematics. Most education faculty were tenure-track and had less than six years of service. There were more scientists than science educators, leading to concern about a lack of exemplary model teaching. Reform of curriculum, instruction, and assessment were found to be the greatest challenge with deficits found in all three areas. Appendix A comprises the list of information deemed important for the study and Appendix B presents the faculty and staff survey. (Contains 25 references.) (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Arizona