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ERIC Number: EJ1046745
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6803
Applying NAEP to Improve Mathematics Content and Methods Courses for Preservice Elementary and Middle School Teachers
Goodson-Espy, Tracy; Cifarelli, Victor V.; Pugalee, David; Lynch-Davis, Kathleen; Morge, Shelby; Salinas, Tracie
School Science and Mathematics, v114 n8 p392-404 Dec 2014
This study explored how mathematics content and methods courses for preservice elementary and middle school teachers could be improved through the integration of a set of instructional materials based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). A set of eight instructional modules was developed and tested. The study involved 7 university instructors and 542 preservice teachers (PSTs) from three different universities. A quasi-experimental nonequivalent groups design was used for this study in which the following data sources were collected and analyzed. Three versions of a Learning Mathematics for Teaching test were given to assess PSTs' mathematical content knowledge for teaching: (a) Elementary Number Concepts and Operations--Content Knowledge; (b) Elementary Geometry--Content Knowledge; and (c) Middle School Number Concepts and Operations--Content Knowledge. In addition, the Mathematics Teacher Efficacy Beliefs Instrument was given to assess PSTs' teacher efficacy beliefs. Test results were analyzed using paired samples t-tests. Findings suggest that use of instructional materials, based on NAEP, with PSTs results in increases in their mathematical content knowledge for teaching and in their teaching efficacy beliefs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress
Grant or Contract Numbers: 0737424