COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: UPGRADING LEARNING FOR TEACHERS IN REAL ANALYSIS
National Science Foundation
WEBER, KEITH H
RUTGERS THE ST UNIV OF NJ NEW BRUNSWICK
In this collaborative project, researchers from Rutgers University, Columbia University, and Temple University will work together to design, implement, and assess the innovative Real Analysis course for PISTs. In the project's model, PISTs are first presented with an authentic classroom situation from high school mathematics in which a teacher needs a deep understanding of mathematics to respond appropriately. From the discussion that ensues, the class will "build up from teaching practice" to tackle the underlying mathematical issues at play in a real analysis context. After the work in real analysis resolves these mathematical issues, PISTs "step down to practice" and are asked to revisit and respond again to the original and analogous classroom situations. In the first two years of the project, the instructional methods will be implemented using a design-based research paradigm to assess and improve the quality of the instruction. The third year of the project will be a quantitative comparison study in which this instructional model is implemented at the three sites and PISTs performance in these classes will be compared to PISTs who have completed a traditionally taught capstone course that connects advanced mathematics to high school mathematics at Rutgers University. If successful, the work in this grant will illustrate the efficacy of a transformative model for teaching advanced mathematics to PISTs, as well as provide further insight into the professional (content) knowledge base for secondary teachers, so that preparation and professional development can be designed as an intentional sequence of mathematics content, and not just an arbitrary set of mathematics courses.
City: NEW BRUNSWICK
Country: UNITED STATES
Award Notice Date: 10-Sep-2015
Project Start Date: 15-Sep-2015
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Project End Date: 31-Aug-2018
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