ERIC Number: EJ1021160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Evaluating the Efficacy of Mathematics, Science and Technology Teacher Preparation Academies in Texas
Brown, Danielle Bairrington; Alford, Beverly L.; Rollins, Kayla Braziel; Stillisano, Jacqueline R.; Waxman, Hersh C.
Professional Development in Education, v39 n5 p656-677 2013
The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to evaluate the efficacy of 14 Mathematics, Science and Technology Teacher Preparation (MSTTP) academies located across the state of Texas. The aim of the academies was to increase the number of highly qualified mathematics, science and technology teachers, while also improving the quality of certified teachers in these areas by focusing on seven established goals. A mixed-methods design was utilized to analyze both quantitative and qualitative data. The results revealed that the 14 MSTTP academies demonstrated three key strengths: focusing on strengthening content knowledge; developing professionally committed teachers; and providing funding for participants. Additionally, all 14 academies were charged with accomplishing seven goals; however, none of the academies fully implemented all of these goals. Specifically, all of the academies struggled to accomplish two goals: the integration of the areas of science, technology and mathematics; and the infusion of technology into curriculum. Finally, the study revealed that the goal of strengthening content knowledge was a good predictor for participants' content qualifications, while strengthening content knowledge and strengthening pedagogical skills were good predictors of participants' pedagogical qualifications. This research study contributes to the fields of teacher preparation and professional development.
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Mathematics Instruction, Science Instruction, Technology Education, Teacher Education Programs, Program Effectiveness, Mathematics Teachers, Science Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Teacher Persistence, Financial Support, Interdisciplinary Approach, Technology Integration, Teaching Skills, Predictor Variables, STEM Education, Faculty Development, Teacher Certification, Interviews, Mentors, Beginning Teacher Induction, Problem Based Learning, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas