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ERIC Number: EJ783440
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec-21
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Texas Offers a Model for Training Math and Science Teachers
Brainard, Jeffrey
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n17 pA8 Dec 2007
Congress and the National Academy of Sciences have singled out UTeach in recent years as a promising model to help fill a national shortage of qualified schoolteachers in science and mathematics. The program has doubled the annual number of Austin's bachelor's-degree recipients certified to teach those subjects in secondary schools. Now UTeach has a chance to go national. Last month a foundation backed by ExxonMobil announced that the UTeach model had so much promise that the group would make grants of $2.4-million each to 12 other universities to copy it. The program has won praise because it attracts science and mathematics students by closely integrating the teaching curriculum with their majors. Unlike other approaches, Austin gives students a chance to try teaching as early as their freshman year, guided by former schoolteachers. Despite the enthusiasm and endorsements, however, some universities have shown reluctance to adopt the UTeach model. For them, the approach demands changes in the curriculum that are too sharp a turn in educational philosophy. Education experts also note that, despite inspiring anecdotes, researchers have not developed data about whether graduates of UTeach teach better than those from other programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas