Characterising professional development for teachers of mathematics

Joubert, M.; Back, J.; Hirst, C.; Sutherland, R. and De Geest, E. (2009). Characterising professional development for teachers of mathematics. In: British Society for Research in Learning Mathematics BSRLM), 28 Feb 2009, Cambridge.



One of the aims of the Researching Effective CPD in Mathematics Education (RECME) project was to characterise CPD for teachers of mathematics. This paper presents an outline of the findings related to this aim, describing the landscape of professional development within thirty sample initiatives in terms of:

1 the different organisational structures of CPD initiatives

2 the ways in which CPD initiatives attend to interrelated aspects of mathematical knowledge for teaching: mathematics, students’ concepts in mathematics and ways of teaching mathematics

3 approaches to trying out new ideas in the classroom and embedding change found in the CPD initiatives

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