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ERIC Number: EJ828852
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0020-739X
The Mathematical Needs of Secondary Teachers: Data from Three Countries
Barton, B.; Sheryn, L.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v40 n1 p101-108 Jan 2009
This article discusses the mathematical needs of secondary teachers, in particular senior secondary teachers who are preparing students for tertiary mathematical study. It also reports on data concerning secondary mathematics teacher qualifications in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. Despite an increasing need for both deeper and wider mathematical understanding, the levels of mathematical qualifications of secondary teachers in all three countries appear to have declined since the 1970s, with the current proportion of teachers without post-secondary mathematics qualifications being between 20 and 30%. The implications for mathematics learning are discussed and it is recommended that all second year mathematics teachers should have the equivalent of second year university mathematics. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand; United Kingdom