ERIC Number: ED412121
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Lenses on Learning: How Administrators' Ideas about Mathematics, Learning and Teaching Influence Their Approaches To Action in an Era of Reform. Center for the Development of Teaching Paper Series.
Nelson, Barbara Scott
If the intellectual norms and values embedded in the mathematics education reform movement are to move beyond individual classrooms and significantly influence entire schools and districts, school and district administrators will need to become centrally rather than peripherally involved. This paper discusses the way in which administrators' ideas about the nature of mathematics, learning, teaching, and school culture affect their interpretations of the nature and intent of the mathematics reform movement and their thoughts on how they might support it. In particular, administrators' views of parents' concerns, professional development for teachers, and how new ideas move around in a school are discussed. It is suggested that administrators have well-formed ideas about mathematics, learning, and teaching, and that these ideas influence their views of reform and how to provide support. Contains 28 references. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Development, Mathematics Education
Education Development Center, Inc., Center for the Development of Teaching, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02158-1060.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: DeWitt Wallace/Reader's Digest Fund, Pleasantville, NY.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA. Women's Educational Equity Act Dissemination Center.