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Topic: Interdisciplinary teaching
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Marian Small

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Interdisciplinary teaching
Posted: Jul 24, 1995 7:10 AM
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A number of schools in our jurisdiction are moving to "a middle school
philosophy" for grades 6-8; this approach is intended to stress
interdisciplinary teaching. Teachers are now to be focussed not so much on
teaching the discipline of their own schooling, but on "general" teaching.

I think it's hard enough for teachers who don't really "know mathematics"
but are assigned to teach it to give their students what they deserve. Is
it reasonable to expect these same teachers to actually see mathematics
beyond the most rudimentary levels in even more complex situations? Should
the training of these sorts of teachers be more like elementary teachers'
training, even though they teach at the grades 6-8 level? Or should they
have the majors that we normally require of secondary teachers? Or are
there a different set of tools that these prospective teachers need?
Marian Small
Faculty of Education
University of New Brunswick
Bag Service #45333
Fredericton, N.B.
E3B 6E3 CANADA

Phone: (506) 453-3500 Fax: (506) 453-3569 e-mail: marian@unb.ca






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