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Obstacles to reform - Joan Gilbert

Posted by: Mark Jenness
Posted on: May 03, 2002 at 1:05 PM
It has become very clear from several of our projects that administrators do not know what high quality standards-based inquiry-oriented science and mathematics programs and lessons look like. Thus, they don't know how to support them. We have a current project that is working with administrators about what good science and mathemtics teaching and learning looks like and how to identify it when they see it in classrooms. Once we and they have identified the strengths and limitations of science and mathematics lessons in their schools, our next step will be to work the administrators (and lead teachers in the schools) to design professional development or other interventions to address the issues. These particular administrators have indicated to us that this training has been useful because they now know what they should be looking for and what they should expect in a science and mathematics classroom. We need to remember that most administrators were trained in essentially the same way as teachers (first as teachers before they became administrators), most with limited backgrounds in science and/or mathematics.

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