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ERIC Number: EJ930115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1947-7503
Preparing Experienced Elementary Teachers as Mathematics Specialists
Nickerson, Susan D.
Investigations in Mathematics Learning, v2 n2 p51-68 Win 2009-2010
High quality teaching is critical to student learning, yet takes considerable time to develop in particular content areas. Students in high-poverty, urban settings are less likely to encounter experienced and trained teachers. Administrators from a large school district and university mathematics education faculty partnered and attempted to address this by designing a professional development program that prepared experienced teachers to work as specialists. Teachers engaged in intensive professional development while teaching only mathematics to students in grades 4-6. I describe the program and discuss some of the issues that arose when mathematics specialists taught only mathematics in upper elementary school classrooms. I ground the discussion in research on three years of the mathematics specialist program and share reports from teachers of their experiences.
Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A