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ERIC Number: ED515033
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 123
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-9164-1
The Use of a Mathematics Professional Learning Community Uniting Math 1 and Math Support Teachers
Shirley, George R., Jr.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
In an effort to improve its mathematics education, the state of Georgia instituted a performance-based curriculum in the high schools during the 2008 school year. With the implementation of this new curriculum, teachers needed resources and the opportunity to collaborate regularly. The problem this project-based study addressed was how to refine a professional learning community among the teachers of Math 1 and Math Support courses and how to create a resource manual to meet the perceived needs of Math Support teachers. The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative research study was to examine the teachers' perceived needs. The implementation of the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) curriculum provided the rationale for the problem and the project. There were two questions guiding the research. The first involved the need for refinement of the professional learning community in the mathematics department. The second involved understanding the resources needed by Math Support teachers. Six Math 1 and Math Support teachers were interviewed. Grounded by Ely's conditions for change theory, the researcher coded the data and grouped them according to the themes that developed. Results suggested that the school should maintain the current professional learning community with minor refinements to meet teacher needs and create the foundation for a resource manual for Math Support containing essential questions, vocabulary, and a correlation to resources available at the study school. The project provided for social change by empowering teachers to meet students' needs within the Georgia Performance Standards curriculum. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia