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ERIC Number: EJ1080540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5804
Editorial: The AMTE-SITE Collaborative Partnership
Bay-Williams, Jennifer M.; Knezek, Gerald
Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE Journal), v8 n1 p1-5 2008
The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) are now entering the tenth year of a fruitful collaborative partnership. This anniversary provides an opportunity to revisit the history, objectives, and future opportunities for this partnership. The initial impetus for the collaborative partnership was a mutual recognition that dialog and collaboration could be productive for both professional associations. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, 2000) identified technology as one of six principles of high quality mathematics education: "Technology is essential in teaching and learning mathematics; it influences the mathematics that is taught and enhances students' learning" (p. 24). The members of AMTE and SITE strongly support this principle, contributing to it from slightly different perspectives. Mathematics teacher educators tend to focus on the need to address worthwhile mathematics with appropriate pedagogy, taking advantage of technology to connect mathematics topics (Garofalo, Drier, Harper, Timmerman, & Shockey, 2000). The benefits of collaboration are evident, but there are also challenges. One ongoing challenge is to continue to provide learning opportunities for each association's members that are less knowledgeable about both areas. What professional development, publications, and resources can enable more educational technologists and mathematics teacher educators to understand and be able to use the other field's research and knowledge to enhance their own work? As is always the case, new technologies and new demands in teacher education mean that the needs in the field can move in unanticipated directions. Strong leadership and collaboration is important for support of technology in a world challenged by funding constraints, new standards for accountability, and a shortage of technology-using teachers. Finally, and significantly, there is an organizational history and tradition of sustaining collaborations through multiple changes of leadership. Establishment of a stable coalition requires time. There is always a danger of loss of institutional memory during a transition in leadership. This article provides a written record of the rationale and benefits of a shared vision common to both organizations, and provides a foundation upon which the authors anticipate future leaders will build.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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