ERIC Number: ED474124
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Mathematics Education in Rural Communities: A Mathematician's View. Working Paper Series.
Mahoney, Carolyn R.
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) serves the 21 counties of rural northeastern North Carolina. In Fall 2000 ECSU administrators met with educators in area school districts to discuss their professional development needs. This paper reports on those expressed needs relevant to mathematics education and discusses ways to help achieve excellence in rural mathematics education. Among the challenges identified were (1) implementing state standards, aligning curricular materials with standards, and aligning preservice and inservice teacher education with the standards and school curricula; (2) connecting mathematics education to students' everyday lives by basing curriculum in local resources, environment, and events; and (3) desire of teachers to increase their mathematics content knowledge and improve their mathematics teaching skills. Mathematicians and mathematics educators can work together to ensure that university programs address mathematics teachers' needs and to develop resource materials. ECSU has increased the exposure of preservice teachers to mathematics courses to deepen teachers' understanding of the mathematics they will teach. In addition, ECSU professors are developing interdisciplinary modules for preservice teachers focused on analysis of research data collected in the nearby Great Dismal Swamp. Other strategies include involvement of mathematicians in mentoring or coaching programs for teachers, college-school collaboration to provide opportunities to discuss research and best practices in mathematics education, and development of university-school-community college partnerships to maximize resources for rural community schooling. (Contains 29 references.) (SV)
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Mathematicians, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Relevance (Education), Rural Education, State Standards, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education
For full text: http://kant.citl.ohiou.edu/ACCLAIM/rc/rc_sub/pub/3_wp/Mahoney12.pdf.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Ohio Univ., Athens. Appalachian Collaborative Center for Learning, Assessment, and Instruction in Mathematics.