Auburn educators named to national Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership

AUBURN – A team of Auburn University educators will play a key role in redesigning and improving preparation programs for high school mathematics teachers.

The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities selected the Auburn team from among a national applicant pool. Their goal is to work with other university and K-12 educators to jumpstart research and development efforts designed to ensure that new teachers are adequately trained in secondary mathematics instruction.

“Auburn is recognized for its mathematics teacher education,” said Marilyn Strutchens, Auburn University professor of mathematics education and president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

“We’re eager to work with colleagues from around the country on a common vision for teacher preparation. The ultimate winners of our work are students who will benefit from more rigorous standards in secondary mathematics.”

The effort, the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, is part of a national movement to better prepare students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, also referred to as STEM education.

The partnership conference will be held in Atlanta March 25-27. Auburn’s faculty members were among a group of scholars invited to help construct “guiding principles” for mathematics teacher education programs as a means of ensuring students are prepared to excel in college and on the job market.

John Mason, Auburn’s vice president for research, said their efforts advance Auburn’s strategic, interdisciplinary research programs.

“STEM education is critical to a vibrant research environment and leads to innovation in the laboratory, field and workplace,” Mason said.

In addition to Strutchens, other members of the Auburn team are W. Gary Martin, professor of mathematics education, and Stephen Stuckwisch, assistant professor of mathematics.

To learn more about their work, go to http://www.education.auburn.edu/news/2012/march/review.html.

(Written by Brian Keeter.)

Contact: Marilyn Strutchens, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, (334) 844-6838 (strutme@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999, (clardch@auburn.edu)