Discipline-Based Education Research Group


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DBER Group Discussion on 2015-09-17


Copyright (c) 2015 Wendy M. Smith


I will share findings from the NebraskaMATH statewide partnership, which was funded by the NSF for $9.2million, 2009-2014. This large Math Science Partnership project included professional development and research components that targeted K-3 (Primarily Math), algebra (Nebraska Algebra) and novice secondary teachers (New Teacher Network). The Primarily Math program was the main focus of the research, and I will share findings of teacher change and the associated student achievement gains. Overall, teachers who participated in Primarily Math gained in their mathematical knowledge for teaching, their attitudes toward mathematics, and their student-centered beliefs, while seeing decreases in their mathematical anxiety. Students in classrooms with Primarily Math teachers had greater fall-spring math achievement gains than did students in comparison classrooms. I will also discuss current and future directions of the statewide partnership.