Well, I’m not sure this really gets at what I was hoping to, but it’s a start. If you don’t know, we are going through a curriculum renewal here in SK that has drastically changed both the philosophy of our math curricula as well as it’s organization. Math PD (and math in general) is top priority in many many places. This is of course heavily political, and not quite as altruistic as would be nice, but hey, at least math is getting some attention. I think a huge problem we are going to face is (are facing) is teachers simply teaching the new curriculum the old way. So, here is my attempt at looking into what PD will best support teachers through curriculum renewal. Help!
Research Question – What are the common qualities of mathematics professional development that teachers rank as most effective?
Sub-question a) Does participating in what they consider to be “effective” professional development cause teachers to be more likely to make changes in their classroom practice?
Sub-question b) Does participating in “effective” professional development have an effect on student learning in the classrooms of participating teachers?