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Part 2: The State Of Education, Regional Studies Institute, Old Dominion University Jan 2000

Part 2: The State Of Education, Regional Studies Institute, Old Dominion University

State of the Region Reports: Hampton Roads

(First Paragraph) Few things are more important to adults in Hampton Roads than the quality of their K-12 schools. These schools, and the students within their classrooms, represent the fondest hopes of this generation for a prosperous future. Many citizens and parents are willing to expend countless hours helping to maintain the quality of their schools and, to the extent they are able, make them even better. Pity the political leader who comes to be viewed as "anti-education." From the latest related statewide initiatives to more localized concerns, K-12 schools are always a focal point of the news in Hampton ...


Online Support For Preservice Mathematics Teachers In Schools, Anthony Herrington, Janice Herrington, Arshad Omari Jan 2000

Online Support For Preservice Mathematics Teachers In Schools, Anthony Herrington, Janice Herrington, Arshad Omari

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers (Archive)

This paper describes the development of a web-based resource designed to support preservice mathematics teachers on school practice. The development of the site resulted in part from a needs analysis conducted with a focus group of students. The purpose of the focus group discussion was to gain from the students their ideas about the type of support that would be most helpful to them as they prepare to teach mathematics lessons, and how the university might be able to assist in these sometimes prolonged periods in school where they are without their traditional support structures. As a result of these ...


Preservice Teachers' Understanding And Representation Of Equality Of Fractions In A Javabars Environment, Mohan Chinnappan Jan 2000

Preservice Teachers' Understanding And Representation Of Equality Of Fractions In A Javabars Environment, Mohan Chinnappan

Faculty of Social Sciences - Papers (Archive)

In recent years, considerable research effort has been invested in identifying the nature of the knowledge that drives mathematics teachers’ actions in the classroom. While this investigation has generated a useful body of information, there has been little information about changes in the character of this knowledge when teaching involves the use of technology. In this paper, I address this issue by examining a group of preservice primary mathematics teachers’ understanding of fractions. The participants were required to order fractions within software called JavaBars. The results suggest that, while the preservice teachers had built up robust knowledge about fractions, they ...


Flexible Learning At The Crossroads: Are Our Teachers Ready?, Sandra Wills Jan 2000

Flexible Learning At The Crossroads: Are Our Teachers Ready?, Sandra Wills

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) - Papers

This paper reflects on managing technological change in teaching and learning, with particular emphasis on staff development. It draws on two national reports in Australia. One report team interviewed senior management in 50% of Australian universities (Wills and Yetton, 1997). The other reviewed 104 nationally funded IT based teaching projects (Alexander et al, 1998). Both make recommendations that have implications for staff development. A number of staff development case studies are described, most practising what they preach by adopting flexible learning techniques in order to teach teachers by example about flexible learning: Project LEAD, Teaching at a Distance, Flexible Delivery ...