ERIC Number: ED442674
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
What Happens to First Year Teachers Prepared To Make Connections between Science and Mathematics When They Enter the Workplace?
McGinnis, J. Randy; Parker, Carolyn
This study's purpose was to present a detailed description and an interpretation of what happens to first year new teachers who are prepared to make connections between science and mathematics and to teach in a manner consistent with the recommendations in the national science education reform movement. The focus was on two sets of participants: (1) all new graduates (N=57) from the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation [MCTP], a statewide reform-based undergraduate teacher preparation program supported by National Science Foundation funding, and (2) a select sample of first year new graduates of the program in the workplace (elementary and middle level schools) (N=5). Survey and case study methodologies were used. Survey results were reported in comparison to a national sample. Also reported were differing social strategies enacted by the five new teacher case study participants in response to perceived constraints in the workplace. Research suggests that a reform-oriented mathematics and science teacher preparation program can recruit, educate, and graduate a cadre of new teachers who are employed by school districts. The new teachers from such a teacher preparation program have the capabilities and intentions to teach mathematics and science in a reform-based manner that makes connections between the disciplines by using high quality science mathematics. However, the new teachers' school cultures were a major factor in whether reform-aligned mathematics and science teaching was implemented regularly by the new teachers and if the new teachers continued to teach in those schools. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/ASK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (New Orleans, LA, April 28-May 1, 2000).