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Teacher Education and Professional Development

2004

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Title Page, Editor's Note Jan 2004

Title Page, Editor's Note

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Can Science Methods Really Be Taught On-Line?, W. M. Frazier Jan 2004

Can Science Methods Really Be Taught On-Line?, W. M. Frazier

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

In this paper, the process in which both project-based curriculum strategies and Blackboard web-based technology were utilized to develop on-line methods courses to prepare science teachers is described. A discussion of the curriculum design process includes a rationale for using project-based instruction in methods courses, along with a rationale for using Blackboard, a web-based technology, as the environment for the course. The course‘s potential for creating highly qualified science teachers as defined by the No Child Left Behind legislation of 2001 and the National Science Teacher Association‘s Standards for Science Teacher Preparation will be explored [1].


What Does An Exemplary Middle School Mathematics Teacher Look Like? The Use Of A Professional Development Rubric, M. Mason, D. Johnson, J. Rozelle, A. Koziol, Y. Smith-Jones, R. Cofer, L. Quick, E. O'Brien, W. M. Geiger, K. Grass Jan 2004

What Does An Exemplary Middle School Mathematics Teacher Look Like? The Use Of A Professional Development Rubric, M. Mason, D. Johnson, J. Rozelle, A. Koziol, Y. Smith-Jones, R. Cofer, L. Quick, E. O'Brien, W. M. Geiger, K. Grass

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

A School University Research Network (SURN) committee composed of current mathematics teachers, central office math supervisors, building administrators, mathematicians, and mathematics educators researched numerous sources regarding best practices in mathematics instruction. The resulting professional development rubric synthesizes their findings and can serve a professional development role by providing teachers and administrators with a tool to develop clarity and consensus on best mathematics instructional practices, and how these practices are implemented in the classroom. It is also being used as a tool for cooperating teachers in their supervision of student teachers and as a reflective method for self-evaluation.


Aims & Scope Jan 2004

Aims & Scope

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Reaching Deep In Math (Developing Educational Excellence And Proficiency In Mathematics), R. D. Anderson Jan 2004

Reaching Deep In Math (Developing Educational Excellence And Proficiency In Mathematics), R. D. Anderson

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

This paper describes the DEEP in Math Program developed in the academic year 1998-1999 from a collaborative effort of the Louisiana Systemic lnitiative Program (LaSlP) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE). It includes evidence of impressive results in low achieving schools and in high-poverty districts targeted by the effort. The plan was for LaSlP to give intensive content and leadership training in Summer 1999 and academic year 1999-2000 to carefully selected. well-qualified math leaders. These leaders were then employed full-time in the 1999-2000 academic year and beyond by their local education authorities to work with all math teachers in ...


Hands-On Physical Science For In-Service Teachers, J. Mcdonnough, S. Mckelvey, A. Baski, D. Lewis Jan 2004

Hands-On Physical Science For In-Service Teachers, J. Mcdonnough, S. Mckelvey, A. Baski, D. Lewis

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

The initiation of the Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. in Science program was reported in this journal Fall 1999 as a program designed to meet the academic content major of a teacher preparation program for elementary and middle school mathematics and science teachers [1]. This paper reports the current status of the interdisciplinary B.S. in Science degree program including program enrollment data and trends. Also described are refinements in the required curriculum, which include a newly developed geometry, a mathematical computing course, and an emerging teaching technology course featuring graphing calculators, CBLs, and computer software applications.


An Advanced Mathematics Program For Middle School Teachers, D. Carothers Jan 2004

An Advanced Mathematics Program For Middle School Teachers, D. Carothers

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

The Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences (CBMS), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and other organizations recommend twenty-one credits of mathematics coursework for prospective middle school teachers, beginning with a foundation based on mathematics for the elementary school curriculum, and followed by advanced courses directly addressing middle school mathematics. Three simultaneous factors—the emergence of the Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies Program at James Madison University, the release of CBMS guidelines, and a statewide focus on a critical shortage of qualified middle school teachers—provided an immediate audience for new upper-division courses built around the guidelines in probability/statistics, algebra, geometry ...


The Teacher Shortage: National Trends For Science And Mathematics Teachers, D. R. Sterling Jan 2004

The Teacher Shortage: National Trends For Science And Mathematics Teachers, D. R. Sterling

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

The shortage of science and mathematics teachers is a growing problem in the United States. This article looks at what research says about the causes for the growing teacher shortage and its effects on student achievement. As the teacher shortage worsens, teachers without a science or mathematics backgrounds are tasked to teach science and mathematics or underqualified teachers are being hired to fill the shortage. These underqualified teachers are not remaining in the profession, thus not solving the teacher shortage problem and creating an even higher turnover rate for teachers. In addition, experienced teachers are leaving the profession in greater ...


Helping Provisionally Licensed Middle School Science Teachers, J. J. Matkins, D. R. Sterling, A. Kitsantas Jan 2004

Helping Provisionally Licensed Middle School Science Teachers, J. J. Matkins, D. R. Sterling, A. Kitsantas

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

The New Science Teachers' Support Network is a National Science Foundation-funded project that provides a multifaceted support system to provisionally licensed middle and high school science teachers.The teachers in this project were all hired to teach science, and had science degrees, but had little or no education coursework or background. Research is being conducted on the effectiveness of the support system we employed for these teachers, particularly on the factors that characterize the practice of new teachers, and on factors that lead to teacher success and teacher retention. In this paper, we describe the design of the study and ...


Aligning Mathematics Curriculum To Create Potential For Active Learning In Pre-K Through Eighth Grade Teacher Education, G. E. Parker Jan 2004

Aligning Mathematics Curriculum To Create Potential For Active Learning In Pre-K Through Eighth Grade Teacher Education, G. E. Parker

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

In this paper, we consider some issues surrounding the teaching of mathematics to pre-service teachers. In particular. we look at the possibilities for teaching elementary mathematics from an advanced standpoint and alignments of curriculum that have the capacity to enhance student involvement in the making of the mathematics.The particulars of the James Madison University curriculum are used to illustrate many of the points.


Rapporteur's Report, W. E. Haver Jan 2004

Rapporteur's Report, W. E. Haver

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Hiroshi Haruki's Lemma With Mathematica, J. Boyd Jan 2004

Hiroshi Haruki's Lemma With Mathematica, J. Boyd

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Student Work Section, R. Howard Jan 2004

Student Work Section, R. Howard

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Transition To Teaching: An Alternative Certification Program Through Partnership Between A Public School District And A Public University, R. Q. Berry Iii Jan 2004

Transition To Teaching: An Alternative Certification Program Through Partnership Between A Public School District And A Public University, R. Q. Berry Iii

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

The reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act has had a significant impact on licenses for teachers working in school programs. The act refers to highly qualified teachers in both Title I and Title ll. This paper defines alternative certification programs. This paper then describes a partnership, funded by the US. Department of Education, between a school district and a university to establish an alternative licensure program to train highly qualified secondary mathematics teachers.The goal of this partnership is to provide an infrastructure that supports the recruitment. preparation, placement, induction, and retention of highly qualified teachers through a ...


Analysis Of Socio-Economic Factors In Correlation To Standardized Educational Test Scores, M. F. Connolly Jan 2004

Analysis Of Socio-Economic Factors In Correlation To Standardized Educational Test Scores, M. F. Connolly

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

This paper describes the analysis of socio-eeonomic factors in correlation to standardized educational test scores. The scores used were from the Elementary School Proficiency Assessment exam distributed to fourth graders in New Jersey during the years 1999, 200l- 2003 [1-4]. The socio—economie factors are from the 2000 United States Census [5]. Simple regression and other statistical equations were used to compare the data from both sources with Microsoft Excel as a programming tool to perform the analysis.


Contents Jan 2004

Contents

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Bridge To The Future – What The Past Can Tell Us, S. T. Thornton Jan 2004

Bridge To The Future – What The Past Can Tell Us, S. T. Thornton

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

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Journal Of Mathematics And Science: Collaborative Explorations Jan 2004

Journal Of Mathematics And Science: Collaborative Explorations

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

No abstract provided.


Investigations In Geometry— A Hands-On Course For Grades 6-8 Pre-Service Teachers, A. J. Ellington Jan 2004

Investigations In Geometry— A Hands-On Course For Grades 6-8 Pre-Service Teachers, A. J. Ellington

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

This paper describes a geometry course at Virginia Commonwealth University for pre-scrvicc middle school teachers that features hands-on activities, group collaboration, and technology. Details of the topics and activities covered in this course are provided. Feedback from the first group of students to complete the course was gathered throughout the semester and student responses to the class format and topics are also discussed.


History Of A Problem Solving Course For Pre-Service K-8 Teachers, J. Fitzgerald Jan 2004

History Of A Problem Solving Course For Pre-Service K-8 Teachers, J. Fitzgerald

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

James Madison University's mathematics course in problem solving for prospective K-8 teachers has gone through many changes since we introduced it as a course for prospective middle school teachers four years ago. This paper will discuss the original design of the course, the changes made and their reasons, and the current state of the course.


A Case For Proof Making For Prospective Middle School Teachers, J. W. Whitenack, L. A. Lovin, L. Cavey Jan 2004

A Case For Proof Making For Prospective Middle School Teachers, J. W. Whitenack, L. A. Lovin, L. Cavey

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

In this article, we discuss how we, as mathematics teacher educators, might help our prospective middle school teachers develop a disposition toward mathematics that involves making sound arguments and, more generally, making proofs about mathematical ideas. First, we illustrate what we mean by making sound mathematical proofs. We then use this definition to characterize what ninety-two prospective middle school teachers consider to be proof making, based on a survey that we administered in their first mathematics course. Following our findings, we discuss how we, as teacher educators, might realign our instruction to provide opportunities for prospective teachers to develop new ...


First Steps Toward Change In Teacher Preparation For Elementary Science, C. Klevickis, R. Kolvoord, M. Handley, K. Giovanetti, D. Peterson, T. Daughtrey, S. Fairchild Jan 2004

First Steps Toward Change In Teacher Preparation For Elementary Science, C. Klevickis, R. Kolvoord, M. Handley, K. Giovanetti, D. Peterson, T. Daughtrey, S. Fairchild

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

Unless introductory undergraduate science classes for prospective elementary teachers actively incorporate the philosophy of inquiry-based learning called for in K-l2 science education refom little will change in elementary science education. Thus, at James Madison University, we have developed a new integrated science core curriculum called Understanding our World [1]. This course sequence was not only designed to fulfill general education science requirements. but also to focus on content areas our students will need to know as teachers. The objectives of these courses are based on the National Science Education Standards and Virginia’s Science Standards of Learning, including earth and ...


Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. In Science Degree Program, R. W. Farley Jan 2004

Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. In Science Degree Program, R. W. Farley

Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations

The initiation of the Virginia Commonwealth University B.S. in Science program was reported in this journal Fall 1999 as a program designed to meet the academic content major of a teacher preparation program for elementary and middle school mathematics and science teachers [1]. This paper reports the current status of the interdisciplinary B.S. in Science degree program including program enrollment data and trends. Also described are refinements in the required curriculum, which include a newly developed geometry, a mathematical computing course, and an emerging teaching technology course featuring graphing calculators, CBLs, and computer software applications.