Beyond Bridging: Co-education of Pre-service and In-service Elementary Teachers in Science and Mathematics

This project will implement and study a professional community designed to alleviate the mismatch between the expectations of student teachers in mathematics and science and their mentor in-service teachers. The project is creating a neutral forum for the exchange of perspectives on issues of pedagogy with the expectation that student teachers would implement inquiry-based science and problem-solving mathematics pedagogies with the knowledgeable support of their mentor teachers.

Lead Organization(s): 
Award Number: 
1019860
Funding Period: 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 to Sunday, August 31, 2014
Project Evaluator: 
Horizon Research, Inc.
Full Description: 

The University of Arizona is partnering with the Tucson Unified School District to implement and study a professional community designed to alleviate the mismatch between the expectations of student teachers in mathematics and science and their mentor in-service teachers. This vexing problem often arises when student teachers expect to implement reform-based pedagogies while their mentor teachers insist on traditional approaches. The project is creating a "third space," a professional community that includes 40 pre-service and 50 in-service teachers, university scientists and mathematicians, science and mathematics education faculty, and school district administrators. The third space is providing a neutral forum for the exchange of perspectives on issues of pedagogy with the expectation that student teachers would implement inquiry-based science and problem-solving mathematics pedagogies with the knowledgeable support of their mentor teachers. The project is being implemented in two low-income, culturally and linguistically diverse elementary schools with a comparison school used as a control.

The evaluation/research component is a qualitative study led by Horizon Research, Inc. The fundamental research question is whether the third space model establishes interpretive systems that foster enactment of inquiry-based and problem-solving teaching practices. Data collection will include all participants in the third space forum, but focuses on the pre-service and in-service teachers through written products and discussions of lesson design activities, videotapes of teaching by pre-service and in-service teachers, and analysis of comments made in a web-based forum. Instruments to be used are the Reform Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP), the Experiences Patterns Explanations (EPE) framework, and the Inquiry-Application Instructional Model (I-AIM).

The main product of this project is the third space model and the research that supports its success. The model will be disseminated broadly and if replicated widely, it would represent a major improvement in the professional development of teachers in the areas of inquiry-based science and problem-solving mathematics.

Posts

Title Type Post date
Beyond Bridging Personnel Resource 10/10/2012 - 3:42pm
Beyond Bridging: Co-education of Preservice and Inservice Elementary Teachers In Science and Mathematics Poster 06/21/2012 - 2:08pm
Beyond Bridging: Co-Education of Preservice and Inservice Elementary Teachers In Science and Mathematics Poster 12/23/2010 - 1:15pm
Whole-group PD at Cragin Event 12/17/2010 - 9:22pm
Whole-group PD at Davidson Event 12/17/2010 - 9:20pm
Whole-group PD at Davidson Event 12/17/2010 - 9:18pm
Welcome to the Beyond Bridging CADRE Site! Announcement 12/17/2010 - 8:00pm
Beyond Bridging Discussion Discussion Thread 12/17/2010 - 7:57pm
Powerful Practices for Mentor and Pre-service Teachers Event 12/16/2010 - 4:01pm
Mentor Teacher Meeting- math Event 12/16/2010 - 3:51pm
Mentor Teacher Meeting- math Event 12/16/2010 - 3:38pm
Mentor Teacher Meeting- mentoring Event 12/16/2010 - 3:13pm
Mentor Teacher Meeting- mentoring Event 12/16/2010 - 3:09pm
BB Professional Development planning Event 12/16/2010 - 1:36pm
BB Research Meeting Event 12/16/2010 - 1:33pm
Beyond Bridging DR K-12 PI Meeting Poster 2010 Media 11/24/2010 - 3:48pm
Beyond Bridging DR K-12 PI Meeting Poster 2010 Media 11/24/2010 - 3:47pm