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ERIC Number: EJ844053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0013-5984
Combining the Development of Practice and the Practice of Development in Teacher Education
Ball, Deborah Loewenberg; Sleep, Laurie; Boerst, Timothy A.; Bass, Hyman
Elementary School Journal, v109 n5 p458-474 May 2009
This article describes and analyzes a program of work in elementary mathematics teacher education at the University of Michigan that has, for a decade, been a site for the development of approaches to preparing beginning K-8 mathematics teachers that are both aimed at practice and centered in content. Among the products of this work are video records, instructional tasks, and assessments, as well as structures for collective work on our courses. These materials and ways of working comprise a collection of resources for both the systematic improvement of the knowledge base for teacher education and the professional development of teacher educators. This practice-based approach to the development of both our courses and their instructors has enabled us to improve professional instruction and to build knowledge that is useful beyond a particular course or the individuals who work in it. We begin by discussing 2 central problems of teacher education that our group has tried to address and then describe the types of materials and ways of working that we have developed. We analyze the features of the professional curriculum produced from this work, relate them to the problems, and consider issues about transferability to contexts beyond our own. (Contains 2 figures and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan