This study describes the ongoing use of a valid and reliable instrument to measure longitudinally teacher candidates' attitudes and beliefs. The instrument, "Attitudes and Beliefs about the Nature of and the Teaching of Mathematics and Science," was developed for the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP). The MCTP is a National Science Foundation-funded undergraduate teacher preparation program for science and mathematics elementary/middle level teachers. Data were...

Topics: ERIC Archive, Behavior Rating Scales, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher...

In this study, we examined the introduction of ratio and proportion concepts in six textbook series from four different regions, China, Japan, Taiwan and U.S. When analyzing the definition of ratio and equal ration as well as the types of ratio and proportion application problems included in each textbook series, we found similarities and differences among these textbook series both within and across regions. Future studies will be needed to examine these differences further. (Author)

Topics: ERIC Archive, Comparative Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Elementary Education, Foreign...

This paper presents a reflection on how the research program conducted in the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP) informs the evaluation of the project. Three sections present an overview of the MCTP and the MCTP research program, a review of the literature on evaluation and research, and reflections on the use of MCTP research to inform evaluation. This paper centers on three researcher assumptions: (1) a research group's activity is public and evaluation is private; (2) a...

Topics: ERIC Archive, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Teachers, Partnerships...

This paper presents the results of a survey that was administered to mathematics methods instructors, mathematics supervisors, inservice elementary school teachers, and preservice elementary teachers to investigate their beliefs about what should be taught in a preservice mathematics methods course. Current trends, doing mathematics, teaching a lesson, curriculum resources, manipulatives, problem-centered teaching, and questioning techniques received the highest mean responses from...

Topics: ERIC Archive, Attitudes, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Methods...

In this paper the authors present three design principles they use to develop preservice teachers' mathematical content knowledge for teaching in their mathematics content and/or methods courses: (1) building on currently held conceptions, (2) modeling teaching for understanding, (3) focusing on connections between content knowledge and other types of knowledge. The authors share results of individual research projects and teaching approaches focusing on helping preservice elementary teachers...

Topics: ERIC Archive, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Mathematics, Methods Courses, Numbers,...

A survey of participants in a model teacher education program examined instructor and student attitudes toward modeling of recommended instructional approaches. The Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP) has the goals of developing and implementing programs to prepare special middle grade level mathematics and science teachers at Maryland public institutions of higher education. This study involved semi-structured interviews of two groups of participants. The first group included...

Topics: ERIC Archive, Demonstration Programs, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades, Junior High Schools,...

This research employs a mixed theoretical perspective drawing on elements from interactionism and social constructivism. In this study, a discourse analysis is performed on conversations among intra- and inter-institutional mathematics and science teaching faculty participating in reforming content classes for teacher candidates in the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP), a National Science Foundation funded project. The goal of this study was to begin the process of painting...

Topics: ERIC Archive, College Faculty, Discourse Analysis, Higher Education, Mathematics Teachers,...

This study reports the use longitudinally of a valid and reliable instrument to measure teacher candidates' attitudes and beliefs about the nature of and the teaching of mathematics and science. The instrument used, "Attitudes and Beliefs about the Nature of and the Teaching of Mathematics and Science," was developed for the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP), a National Science Foundation-funded undergraduate teacher preparation program for specialist mathematics...

Topics: ERIC Archive, Behavior Rating Scales, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Junior...