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Building teacher knowledge for quality mathematics education in Ireland

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Show simple item record Goos, Merrilyn Hannigan, Ailish O'Donoghue, John Ní Ríordáin, Máire 2020-11-06T10:21:38Z 2020-11-06T10:21:38Z 2019
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dc.description.abstract Improving mathematics proficiency among Irish school children has long been a topic of national debate.123The research team at EPI*STEM, the national centre for STEM Education based at the University of Limerick (UL), play a key role in highlighting the subject’s challenges and providing solutions. EPI*STEM’s research uncovered a fundamental barrier to mathematical attainment. Their 2009 study (Ref 3), reported that almost half (48%) of those teaching mathematics at post-primary level were not adequately qualified to do so: in other words, they were teaching out-of-field (OOF). These results led to EPI*STEM launching a dedicated upskilling programme, the Professional Diploma in Mathematics Teaching (PDMT), in 2012. The programme is government funded, recognised by the Teaching Council, and delivered through a national network of 14 teacher education partners. To date, 1100 teachers have graduated the programme. Through their focus on STEM research and education, EPI*STEM have: impacted mathematical proficiency among post-primary students; addressed the imbalance in the numbers and age-profile of qualified mathematics teachers within the education system; and contributed to improving the knowledge, confidence, and classroom practice of mathematics teachers throughout Ireland. A 2018 study by EPI*STEM (Ref 9) found the rate of OOF teaching has since reduced to 25%. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject quality education en_US
dc.title Building teacher knowledge for quality mathematics education in Ireland en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/report en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.subject.sdg Quality Education
dc.subject.sdg Decent Work and Economic Growth

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