ERIC Number: EJ930115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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.
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Professional Development, Faculty, Elementary School Teachers, Specialists, At Risk Students, Poverty, Urban Schools, Teacher Competencies, Experienced Teachers
Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Web site: http://www.unlv.edu/RCML
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6
Authoring Institution: N/A