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Topic: Mathematics teacher training-elementary level
Replies: 2   Last Post: Jul 24, 1995 5:26 PM

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Ron Vavrinek

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Re: Mathematics teacher training-elementary level
Posted: Jul 24, 1995 3:11 PM
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>I have been reading the various posts that discuss the appropriate training
>for mathematics teachers at both the elementary and secondary levels. My
>university, the University of New Brunswick in Canada, had previously
>required elementary candidates to take 4 full semester courses in math/math
>education, but all taught by education professors.

The content of the courses and HOW they are taught is of vital importance,
not where they are taught. It seems that you HAD an excellent program.

>Interestingly enough, we have moved to a new program where students will
>only be required to do one methods course and no content courses in math at
>all. My colleagues tell me that a liberal arts background is enough.

I would assume that this decision was made without regard to the feelings
of the math department. The assumption seems to be that just because you
can add, subtract, etc., that you can teach mathematics. Sounds like a
giant step backwards!

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