id: 06649308
dt: a
an: 2016f.00316
au: Harbison, Lorraine; Harbison, Joseph
ti: How good at mathematics do students need to be on entry to primary school
initial teacher education?
so: Adams, G. (ed.), Proceedings of the British Society for Research into
Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). Vol. 35, No. 1. Proceedings of the day
conference, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin, Ireland, February 28,
2015. London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
(BSRLM). 42-47 (2015).
py: 2015
pu: London: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM)
la: EN
cc: C49 D39
ut: preservice teacher education; educational research; mathematics competency;
recruitment; primary school teacher training; entry requirements;
assessment; teacher characteristics
ci:
li: http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/IPs/ip35-1/BSRLM-IP-35-1-08.pdf
ab: Summary: There is a momentum in Ireland towards recruiting students who are
competent in mathematics into primary school teaching. It is hoped that
by doing so, standards of teaching, learning and assessment will
improve. The initiative instigated was to revisit current minimum entry
requirements for mathematics with a view to increasing threshold
levels. This paper attempts to ascertain if there is a correlation
between attainment at Leaving Certificate (LC) level, a state run
examination taken by students aged approximately 18, and competency in
primary school mathematics. It goes further to determine if it is
possible to establish a minimum threshold level. Finally it looks at
the potential effects on enrolment into initial teacher education (ITE)
should entry grades be increased. 95 first year ITE students completed
a standardised attainment test that is typically taken by children in
their final year in primary school. The results were compared with
their LC mathematics grades. There was a moderate correlation between
the two scores. A possible revised threshold level would have excluded
40 \% of students who are competent in mathematics from entering into
ITE. Therefore, mathematics grades at LC appear to be an unsuitable
measure for establishing a threshold entry requirement for ITE.
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