ERIC Number: ED412109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
A Call for Change: Recommendations for the Mathematical Preparation of Teachers of Mathematics. An MAA Report.
Leitzel, James R. C., Ed.
As educators entered the 1990s, the mathematics and mathematics education communities recognized and are responding to the call for dramatic changes in school mathematics. There is an overwhelming consensus that students in this decade and beyond will develop "mathematical power" only if they are actively involved in doing mathematics at every grade level. Such substantive changes in school mathematics will require corresponding changes in the preparation of teachers. This document calls for change in how and what mathematics is taught to prospective teachers in collegiate courses, and change in the amount of mathematics preparation now required for the certification of teachers of school mathematics at all levels. To change the teaching and learning of mathematics in U.S. schools, the preparation of teachers must also include developing an understanding of students as learners of mathematics, obtaining appropriate background in mathematical pedagogy, and constructing suitable classroom environments to foster learning by all students. (ASK)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Professional Development, Relevance (Education), Standards
Mathematical Association of America, 1529 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mathematical Association of America, Washington, DC.