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ERIC Number: ED503691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec-15
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Preparation, Endorsement, and Employment of Mathematics Specialists
Cicmanec, Karen B. Mauck
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (Tulsa, OK, Jan 2008)
For over 30 years, educators have recommended that mathematics specialists be placed in schools to provide teachers with the resources they need to assist their students. To assess whether these recommendations have been realized, a survey was used to gather data from large school districts, the 50 states, and District of Columbia. The outcome of the survey, administered in 2007/2008, suggest that few mathematics specialists are currently working at the school level in many of our large school districts and that few states offer certification or endorsement as a mathematics specialist. While the data offer a partial view of a) the numbers of mathematics specialists practicing in large urban cities and b) the numbers of states certificating or endorsing mathematics specialists, it appears that the perceived potential to strengthen the link between research and practice with school-based mathematics specialists remains unmet. Additional research is needed to learn more about the preparation, endorsement, and employment of mathematics specialists and the belief that mathematics specialists are needed to support students' mathematics achievement. (Contains 2 figures.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Kindergarten; Middle Schools; Primary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; United States