Transforming Teaching in Math and Science: How Schools and Districts Can Support Change (Sociology of Education Series (New York, N.Y.).)

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Teachers often want to learn new ideas and approaches to improve their teaching, but their efforts are often blocked by structural constraints in their districts and schools. How can schools overcome these barriers to provide more supportive environments for change? The authors answer this question through the study of six cases of schools and districts where teachers and researchers collaborated to develop teaching for understanding in math and science. This new book features: * A new conceptual model of how school resources relate to teaching and learning, focusing not only on material resources such as time and money but also on human and social resources * Methods that administrators can use to support teachers who want to improve their teaching of math and science * Elements that professional developers should look for in a school environment when they are considering working with staff on teaching improvements * Answers to important questions, including how schools operate as organizations, how they control work, how they respond to changes in their environment, and how they improve classroom teaching and learning

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Yossi Shavit is Professor of Sociology at Tel Aviv University and Head of the B. I. and Lucille Cohen Institute for Public Opinion Research. Richard Arum is Professor of Sociology and Education at New York University. Adam Gamoran is Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies and Director of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Charles W. Anderson was born at Morris, Manitoba in 1931 and graduated in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba in 1955. Before entering the Winnipeg grain trade in 1972, he was a grain farmer at Morris and, for several years, reeve of the Morris municipality. He has served on various committees of the Canada Grain Council and the Winnipeg Commodity Exchange.

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""A unique blend of sociological thinking about schools as organizations and state-of-the-art ideas about the teaching of mathematics and science."

""This book contains basic truths about the teaching-learning process that educators cannot afford to ignore."

""A brave, balanced explication of the challenges, success, and failures of schools engaged in supporting teachers of mathematics and science as they work to enact teaching for understanding...a strong guide for future work."

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