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ERIC Number: EJ783426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-21
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
We Need to Invest in Math and Science Teachers
Darling-Hammond, Linda
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n17 pB20 Dec 2007
Aggressive federal recruitment and training programs for teachers during the 1970s created a brief respite, but those programs ended in the early 1980s. Severe shortages of math and science teachers were rampant again by the 1990s and continue today. Especially in predominantly minority schools, many math and science courses are now taught by teachers who were trained in other fields, by emergency hires, or by teachers with background in the content but inadequate teaching skills. For many new instructors, the lack of training in content and pedagogy contribute to both high attrition rates and lower effectiveness. The shortage of well-trained, career-committed math and science teachers has created a vicious cycle for the US. To break the cycle, the nation must develop a national policy that will: (1) Raise the quality of teacher preparation in math and science; (2) Enhance the supply of well-qualified science and math teachers; and (3) Improve the retention of qualified teachers through effective mentor programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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