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ERIC Number: EJ866427
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Improving the Mathematics Preparation of Elementary Teachers, One Lesson at a Time
Berk, Dawn; Hiebert, James
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v15 n3 p337-356 Jun 2009
In this paper, we describe a model for systematically improving the mathematics preparation of elementary teachers, one lesson at a time. We begin by identifying a serious obstacle for teacher educators: the absence of mechanisms for developing a shareable knowledge base for teacher preparation. We propose our model as a way to address this challenge, elaborating the principles that define the model to show its relevance. We then provide an example of the model in action, detailing how the model was used to gradually but steadily improve a single mathematics lesson for prospective elementary teachers. We conclude by presenting data indicating that the model is effective in generating and vetting knowledge that helps to improve our mathematics program over time. Although our discussion is situated in the mathematical preparation of prospective elementary teachers and draws on examples from mathematics, we argue that the model could be applied to build knowledge and improve teacher preparation in any discipline. (Contains 3 figures, 3 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Delaware