The Power of "Cultural Scripts" in Teaching Mathematics

Mathematics Education Seminar
When Oct 17, 2007
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Academic Core: 1M 07
Contact Name
Contact Phone 718-262-2551
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Stigler and Hiebert (1999) found that mathematics teachers in three countries, Japan, Germany and the United States, taught with very different 'scripts'.  They argue that in order to change mathematics education in the U.S., there needs to be a change in the cultural scripts of teaching, rather than changes in individual teachers.  In this study, 8 alternatively certified math teachers were observed 120+ times, about 15 times each.  They were given a model by which to teach, the 'workshop model' that was standards-based.  This presentation reports on how this model affected their teaching scripts and also compares these 8 case studies with data gathered in a survey of 300 AC math teachers who had already been teaching for one year using the same prescribed model.  Therefore, the data presented provides both a micro and a macro view.


Laurel Cooley
Brooklyn College (CUNY)

Refreshments: 3:30-4:00 p.m.

Talk: 4-5 p.m.

This talk is sponsored by:

Teacher Academy at York
Mathematics and CS Club
Provost's Office