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ERIC Number: ED453177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
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Teacher Opportunities To Learn: Case Study of a Content Institute in Mathematics.
Jones, Ken; Holder, K. C.
This study examined teacher opportunities to learn content subject matter at a summer mathematics institute. The Alaska Partnership for Teacher Enhancement was formed as a collaborative between a university, four school districts, the State Department of Education, the Anchorage Education Association, and General Communication, Inc. It offered summer institutes to improve teachers' content area knowledge. Researchers studied the mathematics institute, which included teachers from all grade levels. A university mathematics faculty member developed and delivered the institute curriculum. Three local teachers who had delivered mathematics professional development institutes in the past were also involved. Participants included teachers and teacher's aides with varied mathematics backgrounds. Researchers observed the institute, took notes on activities, collected activity sheets and journals, and interviewed presenters and participants. Overall, presenters viewed mathematical content through the lens of pedagogical content knowledge. They valued flexibility and responsiveness because they did not know who their participants would be. Presenters determined content and were extremely responsive to students, using various informal assessment strategies to determine student needs. There was an emphasis on inquiry-based activities. All activities included discussions about how to take learning back into the classroom. Participants considered the institute very successful. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska