Working Group: System Change (including Teacher Development)
Chair: Chris Schunn
The following papers provide the background for the work of this group. Please bear in mind that some of the these papers are informal, or represent work-in-progress. To enable the working group sessions to focus on discussing these and other issues in relation to the conference themes, we suggest that delegates familiarize themsleves with the papers before the session.
The role of key teachers in PMRI dissemination
Sutarto Hadi, Maarten Dolk, Ellen Zonneveld
The demand for PMRI (Indonesian adaptation of realistic mathematics education) implementation in primary schools is high. The capacity of TEC (Teacher Education College) to support the implementation is limited. How to cope with the limited number of faculties staff is an important issue in the PMRI movement. This is the small history of how the role of key teachers was born. A key teacher is a highly motivated teacher who is a role model in the school if it comes to PMRI. A key teacher helps his/her colleagues in designing PMRI lessons, a key teacher is supportive, is teaching together with his/her colleagus, can observe lessons and give feedback.
Teachers have a forum where they can meet regularly, that is called KKG: Kelompok Kerja Guru (literaly translated: teacher working group). This paper describes how teachers developed into the role of key teachers, what their role in the movement means, how key teachers work together with their KKG forum as a vehicle to disseminate PMRI in their own school.
Creating a Post-Colonial Elementary Education Program
Lisa Blank, PhD, Matthew Schertz, PhD, Georgia Cobbs, PhD
College of Education and Human Sciences, The University of Montana
In 1999, the Montana legislature passed House Bill 528 into law – MCA 20-1-501 – that has become known as Indian Education for All. The IEFA act is the most significant curricular policy decision ever made by the Montana legislature. It has helped to ensure that Native American Studies (NAS) becomes a focal point of our Office of Public Instruction. Tribal Colleges throughout the state, via an initiative entitled the “Montana Tribal History Project,” have seen an increase in funding to build departments that focus on their respective traditions, grants have been distributed to help implement culturally response curricula for K-12 settings both on and off reservations, and multipronged efforts have been initiated to support the growth of NAS throughout Montana’s university system. This paper will focus on the how the elementary education program in the College of Education and Human Sciences (COEHS) at the University of Montana prepares future teachers to implement post-colonial curricula enriched by NAS.
System change: Engineering a lever for changing the teaching of science
Learning Research and Development Center University of Pittsburgh, USA
The elementary and secondary science instructional systems in the US are fundamentally broken: most teachers of elementary science and many teachers of secondary science have a weak mastery of the content they are teaching and do not use effective reform pedagogy; US students spend less classroom time on science than students in many other countries; most US textbooks used for science instruction bore the students or confuse the teachers; most US students (and parents) do not value science as an epistemology or career; and most US school districts have low quality and ineffectual professional development communities in science.
There is hope for the designer to instrument long-lasting and meaningful change by using a systems perspective to the design task and incrementally building change from that perspective. This paper outlines this methodology and presents an example from secondary science, based on my work with a wide variety of large urban school districts in the US, trying to produce significant improvements in student learning across the large districts.
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