ERIC Number: EJ1014753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
What They Wish They Had Learned
Desimone, Laura M.; Bartlett, Pilar; Gitomer, Madeline; Mohsin, Yasmin; Pottinger, Danielle; Wallace, Jonathan D.
Phi Delta Kappan, v94 n7 p62-65 Apr 2013
No one has clearer ideas about what is lacking in a teacher education program than a recent graduate of that program grappling with his or her first year of teaching. Researchers analyzed interviews with first-year, middle school math teachers, their principals and formal mentors to get their views on how their preservice training could have better prepared them for their first jobs. Three major themes emerged: Their training could have better prepared them for the diverse student body they would encounter; their student teaching experience was poorly aligned with their first job, and; they lacked sufficient math content knowledge in general or grade-level knowledge of math content in particular.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Beginning Teachers, Principals, Middle School Teachers, Mentors, Student Diversity, Alignment (Education), Mathematics Teachers, Mathematics Instruction, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Urban Schools, Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
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