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How do practicing mathematics teachers continue to develop the knowledge and habits of mind that enable them to teach well and to improve their teaching over time? This article reviews 106 articles written between 1985 and 2008 related to the professional learning of practicing teachers of mathematics. The authors offer a synthesis of this research, guided by Clarke and Hollingsworth’s (2002) dynamic model of teacher growth. Their model emphasizes the recursive nature of teachers’ learning and suggests that growth in one aspect of teachers’ knowledge and practice may promote subsequent growth in other areas.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
Every effort of synthesizing research is inevitably premised on certain epistemological assumptions. The literature on research synthesis methods is dominated by publications premised on positivist assumptions. Contesting the hegemony of positivist research syntheses, this article makes a case for research syntheses that are informed by diverse epistemological orientations. The article illuminates how research syntheses with distinct epistemological orientations can serve complementary, equally worthwhile, purposes.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2014
This article describes a review of publications in Teaching and Teacher Education over ten years (2000–2010) on teacher professional development. The article concludes that what underlies the thematic emphasis of the studies reviewed is a recognition that teacher learning and development is a complex process. This process brings together a host of different elements and is marked by an equally important set of factors. But also, that at the center of the process, teachers continue to be both the subjects and objects of learning and development.
Updated: Sep. 27, 2011
This article reviews research on the achievement outcomes of reading programs for all elementary children, Grades K through 5, applying consistent methodological standards to the research. The scope of the review includes four types of approaches: reading curricula, instructional technology, instructional process programs, and combinations of curricula and instructional process. The review concludes that instructional process programs designed to change daily teaching practices have substantially greater research support than programs that focus on curriculum or technology alone.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2010
This paper reviews research on the achievement outcomes of mathematics programs for middle and high schools. There were 100 qualifying studies, 26 of which used random assignment to treatments. The findings revealed very small effect sizes for mathematics curricula and for computer-assisted instruction.
Updated: Jul. 02, 2009
The paper highlights methodologically inclusive advancements in research synthesis methods. Salient features of a methodologically inclusive research synthesis (MIRS) framework are described. Rather than prescribe how a research synthesis should be conducted or evaluated, this paper attempts to open spaces, raise questions, explore possibilities, and contest taken-for-granted practices.
Updated: May. 20, 2009