ERIC Number: ED486109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Mathematics for All Project Annual Report to the National Science Foundation. CCT Reports
Education Development Center, Inc
The Mathematics for All Project is a collaborative effort between Bank Street College of Education and Education Development Center's Center for Children and Technology. The goal of this project is to develop case-based professional development materials to better prepare teachers for supporting individual students, including students with disabilities, within a standards-based mathematics curriculum. The project focuses on general and special education teachers at the elementary level (grades K-6). Four major objectives guide this work: (1) Development of Cases and Learning Experiences; (2) Implementation and Pilot-Testing; (3) External Evaluation and Field-Test; and (4) Publication and Dissemination. Teacher educators from Bank Street's Graduate School, in collaboration with staff members from CCT, are developing five professional development modules. Each module will consists of at least two three-hour multimedia case studies of teaching events involving students with disabilities in mathematics classrooms and activities to guide user interactions with the case materials. A facilitator guidebook also will accompany each module to support teacher educators in the integration of the materials into pre-service teacher education courses and in-service professional development programs. Project staff are implementing and pilot-testing the case materials in several pre-service and in-service teacher education courses at Bank Street College and revising them based on the results of the pilot tests. An external evaluator is documenting the case development process and will field-test the modules in a variety of different pre-service and in-service teacher education programs to document their impact on teachers' knowledge, skill, and classroom practices. The project team will publish the modules and broadly disseminate them to a national audience of teacher educators utilizing dissemination vehicles such as workshops, online courses, and presentations. At this initial stage of the project, results include what has been learned about the design, development, and use of the case materials and preliminary evidence about the impact of the materials on teachers and teacher educators. Appended are: (1) Case Resources Reviewed; (2) Letters to Parents and Teachers, Consent and Release Forms; (3) Questions for Planning and Debriefing Conversations; (4) Production Guidelines; (5) Initial Draft of Context Materials for Case 1; (6) Mathematics Content and Demographic Descriptors for Cases Under Development; (7) Sample Course and Workshop Outlines; and (8) Research Instruments.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Mathematics Instruction, Education Courses, Teacher Education Programs, Special Education Teachers, Professional Development, Mathematics Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Workshops, Research Methodology
Education Development Center, Inc. 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02458-1060. Tel: 617-969-7100; Fax: 617-969-5979; Web site: http://www.edc.org/
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, New York, NY. Center for Children and Technology.; Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.