Facebook
Edutopia on Facebook
Twitter
Edutopia on Twitter
Google+
Edutopia on Google+
Pinterest
Edutopia on Pinterest Follow Me on Pinterest
WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Should math teachers have math degrees?

Should math teachers have math degrees?

Related Tags: STEM
More Related Discussions
40 Replies 4507 Views
Edutopia editor, Grace Rubenstein, passed along this interesting story in EdWeek today: recent research has shown that all this emphasis on teacher qualification may be misguided in at least one area: math. It seems there's no strong evidence that teachers who have college math degrees get better results with students than teachers who don't, at least in elementary and middle school. Here's a quote: Math teachers need to “know the subject matter well and how to teach it,” said Deborah Loewenberg Ball, a scholar who has studied math teaching extensively. “The problem is that the math major is not a good proxy for that.” http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2009/11/25/13mathteach.h29.html What do you folks think?

Comments (40 Replies)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS

  •  

Discussion Science Fair Mentor

Last comment 22 hours 55 min ago in Health

blog How to Teach Kids About Factoring a Polynomial

Last comment 1 week 3 hours ago in Teaching Strategies

blog Redesigning Fashion Design: From Tween Distraction to STEM Focus

Last comment 1 week 4 days ago in STEM

Discussion Community STEM Organizations?

Last comment 1 week 6 days ago in STEM

Discussion Technical Writing Project: Fixing Prescription-Assistance Forms

Last comment 2 weeks 6 hours ago in STEM

Sign in and Join the Discussion! Not a member? Register to join the discussion.