Hickman's Eye on Education Archive
Views about Teaching - Oct 27, 2009
A nice companion to Shelia Tobias's recent book is the new report, Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the Profession Today from the Public Agenda. They report that teachers fall into three groups: the Disheartened, the Contented and the Idealists. (I was in all of those groups at some stage of my career!) Read the report.
Remedial College Math - Oct 10, 2009
The October 2009 issue of APS News has a wonderful article by Joseph Ganem about the mismatch between high school and college mathematics. Could some of Ganem's ideas apply to physics too? Read the article.
NSTA Survey on Science Education - Aug 31, 2009
Over 3,500 science educators responded to NSTA's survey about their perspectives on science education, the status of science teaching, and professional development opportunities. Read the survey results.
The Gender Gap in HS Math - Aug 30, 2009
A new paper out of MIT uses mathematics competitions, to examine the gender gap among high school students at very high achievement levels. The highest achieving girls in the U.S. are concentrated in a very small set of elite schools. Read the paper!
National and State ACT Scores - Aug 21, 2009
There is a sign of progress as measured by average scores on the 2009 ACT college entrance exam since the pool of students taking the test is expanding but scores hold steady. You can see how students in your state compare or download the full report here.
College Students Who Study STEM - Aug 10, 2009
A newly released Department of Education study, Students Who Study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Postsecondary Education helps to explain why they choose these fields of study, if they remain in them, and what their educational outcomes are. Download and read the report.
Educational Practices - Jul 22, 2009
This thirty page booklet, developed by the International Academy of Education, is a synthesis of principles of effective teaching that have emerged from research in classrooms. It is the first in a series on educational practices that generally improve learning and focuses on the most central act of education–teaching. Read the booklet.
Education Workforce - May 13, 2009
A new report from the NGA Center for Best Practices calls for states to selectively recruit prospective teachers, improve the preservice training of those teachers and work to retain the most effective of those teachers. Read and Comment - Building a High-Quality Education Workforce.
The Achievement Gap - May 8, 2009
A new policy report from Educational Testing Service called, "Parsing the Achievement Gap II," follows up on earlier work and has sections on teacher preparation, experience and turnover. Read the report.
Methods Courses - May 6, 2009
This study, featured on the Teachers College Record, seeks to develop a framework for thinking about the teaching of practice in the context of the university by investigating how people are prepared in the clergy, teaching, and clinical psychology. Read more.
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