ERIC Number: ED428103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Austin Collaborative for Mathematics Education. 1997-1998 Annual Report. Publication Number 97.18.
Batchelder, Michelle L.
In 1997 the Austin Independent School District (AISD) (Texas) launched the Austin Collaborative for Mathematics Education (ACME), a project funded by the National Science Foundation to improve mathematics education districtwide. The initiative provides all K-8 mathematics teachers in the district with long-term professional development and campus-based support to implement current national standards for mathematics curriculum and instruction. The teaching practices of teachers before and after participation in ACME programs were examined. A random sample of 248 mathematics teachers and 39 special education teachers returned completed questionnaires on attitudes toward mathematics reform, teaching practices, content knowledge, and demographic characteristics. Ten randomly selected classrooms and 3 special education classes were observed. During the ACME project's first year, teacher attitudes changed from anxiety to confidence and interest in mathematics reform. The investigative culture and design of ACME professional development were rated "effective" by teachers. Strong points included the professional community of learners ACME supported, and the responsiveness of the program to teacher concerns. Some challenges to the program were identified, and recommendations are made for program improvement. Appendixes contain the teacher questionnaire and study interview protocols. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables, and 13 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Practices, Elementary Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Peer Relationship, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, School Districts, Special Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Austin I.S.D., Office of Program Evaluation, 1111 West Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78703-5399; Tel: 512-414-1724.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Austin Independent School District, TX. Office of Program Evaluation.