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ERIC Number: EJ1053499
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
First Year Middle and High School Teachers' Mathematical Content Proficiency and Attitudes: Alternative Certification in the Teach for America (TFA) Program
Evans, Brian R.
Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, v4 n1 p3-17 Spr 2009
The purpose of this study is to understand the mathematical content proficiency middle and high school teachers have before and after their first year teaching and taking graduate coursework in the Teach for America (TFA) program, as well as what attitudes toward mathematics TFA teachers have over the first year. There was a significant increase in both mathematical content proficiency and positive attitudes toward mathematics over the TFA teachers' first year teaching. TFA teachers generally believed the emphasis on social justice was of biggest benefit to them and that classroom management was the biggest problem faced in their teaching.
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Beginning Teachers, Mathematics, Teacher Attitudes, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Education, Graduate Study, Mixed Methods Research, Pretests Posttests, Diaries, Longitudinal Studies, Teacher Characteristics, Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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