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ERIC Number: EJ816975
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Lessons Learned Concerning a Student Centered Teaching Style by University Mathematics Professors from Secondary School Educators
Schumacher, Phyllis; Kennedy, Kristin T.
Education, v129 n1 p102-109 Fall 2008
The following paper discusses the use of student centered teaching techniques in mathematics classes at the secondary level and at the university level. It appears that secondary mathematics teachers are more versatile than university professors in utilizing these teaching techniques in the classroom. This is partially driven by the No Child Left Behind Act. Through a grant with the Department of Education in the State of Rhode Island, two university professors became mentors to a group of high school mathematics teachers. The methodologies used by the high school teachers were eye-opening to the professors. One of the professors, in trying to compare a traditional classroom to one taught with a group methodology at the university level, found results that were not statistically significant. However, the experiment highlighted the fact that many high school teachers do a better job with student centered teaching approaches than university professors do. Although the experiment was done with small sample sizes, the professors learned a great deal from the high school educators, and also learned that student centered teaching methodology involves quite a bit more than teaching in groups. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001