Capstone/Dissertation Title

Differences in the perceived professional development needs for secondary mathematics teachers

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research questions addressed in this study was, how do secondary mathematics teachers and their administrators describe the needs of secondary mathematics teachers. It documents one teacher's study of the professional development needs as documented by the literature, which in turn informed the creation of a survey that was administered to a tier-two suburban district around a major metropolitan area. Differences in perceptions were found and analyzed, including data suggesting that administrators have a stronger view of the needs of professional development for secondary mathematics teachers. Conclusions include: 1) post secondary institutions should provide more opportunities in the areas of technology for mathematics, alternative assessments in mathematics, and what to do after an assessment while 2) districts should provide professional opportunities in the areas they see as necessary that the secondary mathematics teachers don't perceive as necessary.

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