Saturday, April 5, 2008

Essential Qualities of Math Teaching Remain Unknown

A Great Article by Sean Cavanaugh

It is one of most widely accepted axioms in math education: Good teachers matter.

But what are the qualities of an effective mathematics teacher?

Research does not show conclusively which professional credentials demonstrate whether math teachers are effective in the classroom, the report found. It does not show what college math content and coursework are most essential for teachers. Nor does it show what kinds of preservice, professional-development, or alternative education programs best prepare them to teach.

“We should put a lot of careful effort over the next decade into this issue so that we can be in a much different place 10 years from now.”

Schools of education—ideally, entire networks of them—must devise courses and tests, in partnership with mathematics faculty, that provide “instructionally relevant” content knowledge for teacher-candidates, rather than just focusing on more generic math content, she said

READ the whole thing in Ed Week HERE.

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