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Jerry P. Becker

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Announcement: PME 38 Discussion Group #7
Posted: Jun 12, 2014 7:29 PM
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Sent at the request of Rachael Welder.
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PME 38 Discussion Group #7 - Preparing and Supporting Mathematics
Teacher Educators: Opportunities and Challenges

Rachael M. Welder, Hunter College?-CUNY
Amanda Jansen, University of Delaware
Andrea McCloskey, Penn State University

The goal of this Discussion Group is to explore ways in which
Mathematics Teacher Educators (MTEs) can be supported in their work
with prospective elementary teachers (PTs). Research shows that most
instructors of mathematics courses for PTs in the U.S. do not
themselves have elementary teaching experience (Masingila, Olanoff, &
Kwaka, 2012). Included in this majority are the organizers of this
group, MTEs who teach content and methods courses for PTs and prepare
future MTEs through their work with doctoral students. This group
will focus on the professional learning opportunities that may
contribute to the work of MTEs, in lieu of teaching experience. This
inquiry will be approached from the contexts of both doctoral
programs and MTE-employing institutions.

The first session will include a brief review of relevant research
including descriptive statistics from a survey of 69 early-career
MTEs. Participants will share a) challenges faced in their work
preparing PTs and MTEs and b) experiences contributing to their
successes. The organizers will share emergent themes and
recommendations gleaned from interviews with a subset of the surveyed
MTEs who teach courses for PTs but have no elementary teaching or
research experience (n=8). During the second session, participants
will discuss the knowledge and dispositions of effective MTEs and
formulate ideas for creating opportunities for MTEs to develop such
skills. One organizer will share her doctoral program's model for
preparing future MTEs for this work. Lastly, participants will
discuss potential paths for future research in this area.

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