The impact of a teacher development program on 7th graders’ learning of algebra. (English)

Nicol, Cynthia (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 38th conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education “Mathematics education at the edge", PME 38 held jointly with the 36th conference of PME-NA, Vancouver, Canada, July 15‒20, 2014, Vol. 5. [s. l.]: International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (ISBN 978-0-86491-360-9/set; 978-0-86491-365-4/v.5). 161-168 (2014).

Summary: We examine the impact of a teacher development program based on a functions approach to algebra on 7th grade students’ understanding of equations. We focus on how students’ score gains relate to their teachers’ initial level of mathematics performance. Students from participating teachers’ and their control peers completed a mathematics assessment at the start and at the end of the school year the teachers were taking the second and third of three courses. Students of participating teachers made greater gains than controls regardless of their teachers’ initial level of mathematical understanding.