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Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium

Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium

This URL is for the text, available online, of a book published by the National Research Council--the same folks who published the National Science Education Standards. The text is available in either HTML or PDF formats. Here is how the authors describe the book: "Each new headline about American students' poor performance in math and science leads to new calls for reform in teaching. Education Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology puts the whole picture together by synthesizing what we know about the quality of math and science teaching, drawing conclusions about why teacher preparation needs reform, and then outlining recommendations for accomplishing the most important goals before us. As a framework for addressing the task, the book advocates partnerships among school districts, colleges, and universities, with contributions from scientists, mathematicians, teacher educators, and teachers. It then looks carefully at the status of the education reform movement and explores the motives for raising the bar for how well teachers teach and how well students learn. Also examined are important issues in teacher professionalism: what teachers should be taught about their subjects, the utility of in-service education, the challenge of program funding, and the merits of credentialing. Professional Development Schools are reviewed and vignettes presented that describe exemplary teacher development practices. "

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