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How to Produce Better Math and Science Teachers

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Science  01 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5484, pp. 1454-1455
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5484.1454

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Two National Research Council panels have released new reports on improving science and math education in the United States. One panel says that the best way to improve teacher education is to make it a continuum, with school districts taking more responsibility for the initial preparation of new teachers and university faculty playing a bigger role in ongoing professional development. The other panel says that more recent science Ph.D.s would be willing to teach high school science and math if the government helped with the transition, if the certification process were compressed, and if they could retain ties to research.

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