Tag Archives: Mathematics

Tough standards needed for U.S. math teachers

Tough standards needed for U.S. math teachers

Rigorous standards for math teacher preparation are needed to improve the quality of future math teachers in the United States – and the overall math instruction in K-12 schools, argues a Michigan State University scholar. New research led by William Schmidt shows some teacher education programs in the United States rank among the best in… Read More »

Alumni receive national science teaching fellowships

Alumni receive national science teaching fellowships

Three graduates of the Teacher Preparation Program at Michigan State University were recently selected to receive Teaching Fellowships from the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF), a prestigious national honor for beginning mathematics and science teachers. A total of 35 fellows were selected from across the country for 2013. Over five years, KSTF Fellows receive significant… Read More »

Third group of Woodrow Wilson Fellows prepare for math, science teaching

Third group of Woodrow Wilson Fellows prepare for math, science teaching

Michigan State University has welcomed a third group of aspiring science and mathematics teachers who will complete their teacher preparation as W.K. Kellogg Foundation Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellows. The 11 new MSU Fellows — announced today among peers at five other universities statewide — plan to use academic backgrounds and real-world expertise from the… Read More »

Spatial training boosts math learning

Spatial training boosts math learning

Training young children in spatial reasoning can improve their math performance, according to a groundbreaking study from Michigan State University education scholars. The researchers trained 6- to 8-year-olds in mental rotation, a spatial ability, and found their scores on addition and subtraction problems improved significantly. The mental rotation training involved imagining how two halves of… Read More »

PhD candidate awarded $20,000 dissertation grant

PhD candidate awarded $20,000 dissertation grant

Rachel Ayieko, a PhD candidate in MSU’s Curriculum, Instruction & Teacher Education (CITE) program, has been awarded a $20,000 dissertation grant by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grants Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Ayieko’s dissertation, “The Influence of Opportunity to Learn to Teach Mathematics: A Comparative Study,” focuses on STEM work using… Read More »

Math standards focus of new book

Math standards focus of new book

Over the next decade, the Common Core State Standards will affect nearly every K-12 student and teacher in the U.S. A new book co-authored by Kristen Bieda, assistant professor of teacher education, and MSU alumnus Samuel Otten, Connecting the NCTM Process Standards and the CCSSM Practice takes a detailed look at the CCSSM’s Standards of… Read More »

Graduate assistant, urban teacher to receive honor

Graduate assistant, urban teacher to receive honor

Department of Teacher Education graduate assistant Faith Muirhead will receive the Excellence-In-Teaching Citation at the all-university awards ceremony at MSU’s Wharton Center on Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m. Muirhead, a leader within the college’s teacher education program, provides her students with the tools they need for success. She challenges, encourages and supports. Muirhead came to… Read More »

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship: Graduates land jobs, recruiting underway

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship: Graduates land jobs, recruiting underway

The first Michigan State University students to complete Michigan’s new math and science teaching fellowship — the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson Michigan Teaching Fellowship— have all landed full-time jobs this school year. They are teaching biology, chemistry or math in high-need areas across the state, such as Detroit and Grand Rapids. Fellows in the alternative… Read More »

India’s public school students on par with private students

India’s public school students on par with private students

Contrary to past research, private school students in India do not outperform their counterparts in public schools, finds a new study by education researcher Amita Chudgar. The study challenges the claim that private schools are superior – a hot issue in India and other developing countries that are expanding K-12 educational offerings. During the past… Read More »

Upcoming application deadline for global fellowship program

Upcoming application deadline for global fellowship program

The College of Education is offering three overseas programs for doctoral students in Botswana, China and Indonesia during summer 2013. The application deadline is Friday, Oct. 5. The Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding (FEGU) is open to all doctoral students in the College of Education during their first three years of study. The program is… Read More »