BridgeMathMathEdS

BridgeMathMathEdS - Bridging Mathematics and Mathematics...

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Bridging Mathematics and Mathematics Education Walter Whiteley Mathematics and Statistics Graduate Programs in: Math, Education, Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Studies York University
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Outline Bridging Math and Math Ed Introduction Why (for mathematics)? Why (for education) What within Mathematics Programs Possible Impact on other programs How - within Mathematics ( some ideas) Obstacles and Opportunities
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Introduction Thanks for continuing recognition of value of engaging with mathematics education a research mathematician and a mathematics educator two way collaboration, listening, learning Canadian math education success (PISA) Settings for collaboration: CMS, Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group Some Limited Funding: NSERC, SSHRC, MITACS, Fields, PIMS, …
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Why for Mathematics Programs ? Hard Times - cut backs: programs being shifted, scaled back (cut). Programs measured by recruitment and retention (graduation) Substantial number of our math majors plan to be teachers. Future teachers have different motivations / different sources of engagement. We value better teaching prior to university: improved, relevant preparation of teachers;
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Why for Mathematics Programs (cont/) Goal of increased engagement in mathematics programs Want a pump not a filter (more students). Want graduates who see themselves as (young) mathematicians, and mathematics educators. These goals are already part of the goals in primary / junior education. Similar needs for our graduate student /Post Docs Mathematicians have much to learn from Mathematics Educators about how to achieve these outcomes.
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Why for Education ? Mathematics Educators want mathematically well- prepared teacher candidates - with broad, pedagogically relevant, mathematical knowledge; Mathematics as Processes, Big Ideas in design of the next curriculum; Students with the capacity, and the confidence, to apply the knowledge to new situations, in the classroom. Mathematics Educators want support to provide better preparation (more time with students) Currently need to spend time on pedagogically relevant knowledge of mathematics.
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Why for Education (cont)? Math (and science) education are generally secondary (or lower) in admissions, in structure of education programs; Compare ‘literacy’, essays for admission, language expectation, with gap around math. Faculties of Education in Ontario are turning away qualified applicants (B+ students). No / limited math or science requirements for Primary /Junior teachers. Mathematicians can provide support in these larger discussions!
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What in Mathematics Programs for Teachers ? Programs, not courses, are the level of design.
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 110 taught by Professor Staff during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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