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2014 – American Educational Research Association

Symposium Title: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Mathematics Teacher Education Programs: Current and Future Directions

Symposium Chair: Yukiko Maeda

Description: This symposium highlights issues and challenges identified by mathematics educators as they study the impact of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM, Common Core State Standards Initiative, 2010) on the preparation of preservice mathematics teachers. Participants will gain both understanding of these important issues and of the challenges of research in this area.

PTA Presenters: Jeffrey Craig, Sharon L. Senk, Yukiko Maeda, and Vivian G. Alexander

PTA Presentation Title: Reported Changes in Secondary Mathematics Teacher Education Programs due to the Common Core State Standards

Presentation Date and Time: Friday, April 4, 2014 from 4:05 PM – 5:35 PM


Description:
This research investigates relations between secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs and the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics [CCSSM] focusing specifically on the following question:  How and to what extent are secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs responding to the CCSSM?

Citation:  Craig, J. He, J., Senk, S. L., Maeda, Y., & Alexander, V. G.  (2014, April). Reported changes in secondary mathematics teacher education programs due to the Common Core State Standards. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Philadelphia, PA.

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2014 – American Educational Research Association

Presenters: Yukiko Maeda, Sharon L. Senk, Vivian G. Alexander, Jeffrey Craig, and Jia He

Session Title: Preparation for Teaching Algebra: Results from a National Survey

Presentation Date and Time: Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to provide a national snapshot of current secondary mathematics teacher education programs in the United States, particularly as pertains to preparation for teaching algebra. In this report, we address the following specific questions.

  1. What are the demographic characteristics of secondary mathematics teacher education programs?
  2. What is the relative emphasis in these programs on mathematics courses, mathematics courses primarily for teachers, and mathematics education, e.g. methods, courses?
  3. What courses are typically offered together in secondary mathematics teacher education programs?
  4. To what extent do these programs provide opportunities for pre-service teachers to learn about algebra, algebra teaching, issues in achieving equity in algebra learning, and the algebra, functions, and modeling standards and mathematical practices described in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM)?

Citation:  Maeda, Y. Senk, S. L. Alexander, V. G., Craig, J., & He, J.  (2014, April). Preparation for teaching algebra: Results from a national survey. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Philadelphia, PA. (link to presentation slides)

2014 – American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

Presenters: Yukiko Maeda, Jill Newton, Sharon L. Senk, Jeffrey Craig, and Eryn M. Stehr

Presentation title: Preparing secondary mathematics teachers for teaching algebra in the age of Common Core Standards

Presentation Date and Time: Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Abstract:  It is critically important that “the nation’s mathematics teachers have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to provide students with a mathematics education that ensures that hjgh school mathematics graduates are college- and career-ready as envisioned in the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics” (Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences [CBMS], 2012) Hence, a fundamental question for teacher education is “What opportunities are secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs in the U.S. providing pre-service teachers [PSTs] to learn the mathematics described in the Common Core and in recent recommendations such as CBMS (2012)?”  The data we will discuss in this session come from a recent survey of 132 secondary mathematics teacher education programs in the U.S. Because of the importance of algebra as both a foundation for higher mathematics and as a gatekeeper to college courses and many careers, our survey focused on opportunities to learn about algebra, teaching algebra, issues in equity in learning algebra, and the functions and modeling aspects of the CCSS-M.

Citation:  Maeda, Y., Newton, J., Senk, S., Craig, Jeffrey, & Stehr, E. (2014, March). Preparing secondary mathematics teachers for teaching algebra in the age of Common Core Standards. Paper presented at the Sixty-sixth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). Indianapolis, IN. (link to presentation slides)

2013 – Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators – Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Presenters: Hyunyi Jung, Andrew Hoffman, Alexia Mintos, and Jill Newton
Presentation title: Algebra teacher preparation: A mixed-methods status report

Abstract: In this session, we share results from a survey of secondary teacher education programs, and analysis of these programs through the lens of the Mathematical Education of Teachers II (METII), and preliminary findings from case study teacher education programs.

Citation:  Jung, H., Hoffman, A., Mintos, A., & Newton, J. (2013, October). Algebra teacher preparation: A mixed-methods status reportPaper presented at the Hoosier Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators-Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Indianapolis, IN. (link to presentation slides)