CMM opens innovative course for teacher trainers

CMM opens innovative course for teacher trainers

With the attendance of Universidad de Chile’s president Ennio Vivaldi, Universidad de O’Higgins’ president Rafael Correa, and scholars from Education Faculties, the Center for Mathematical Modeling (CMM) opens the ‘Conducting processes of teacher education in mathematics’ course.

This is the first program funded by the Ministry of Education’s Centro de Perfeccionamiento, Experimentación e Investigaciones Pedagógicas (Center for Improvement, Experimentation and Pedagogical Research, CPEIP). This center designs, implements and evaluates the policy of professional teacher development. This aims at scholars from the Education Faculties who work with pre-service teachers of Primary Education.

“It seems necessary that a team like the CMM’s, which has demonstrated experience in developing and disseminating different methodologies of teaching mathematics in an attractive and based on the problem-solving way, can install skills in trainers of the future mathematics teachers in this case,” CPEIP director Jaime Veas says.

For Rosa Devés, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs of the U. of Chile, “the coupling is very important in education. The role of the university and the pre-service formation is key to reach with the public policy to classrooms”.

The b-learning program is one of the CMM projects focused on “the other classroom” –the university classroom. They have a high impact. This, because more than 132 thousand students of Education exist in Chile. In particular, the course capitalizes on a series of developments led by the team. This include works such as “Matemática en el Aula. Docentes en Acción”, a book of good teaching practices in Maths; the Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Education; the ‘Refip’ texts on content and teaching of the subject, and the guiding standards for Education degrees, generated some years ago.

“What CMM has done is very exemplary in different dimensions,” president Vivaldi recalls. “Here has been an intention to create a bridge to reach other people. It is very important to understand the importance of the interdisciplinarity developed here.”

“With this course, we seek to strengthen the academic formation of teacher trainers with tools that allow them to integrate the disciplinary and pedagogical knowledge, to conduct teaching processes with a focus on the development of the mathematical skills identified in the curricula bases, to incorporate teaching and learning experiences in the classroom, to analyze classroom situations and to generate processes of collaborative work around teacher education,” director of CMM Mathematics Education Salomé Martínez says.

According to CPEIP , this first version will impact 800 students of Pedagogy. It includes 120 hours of face-to-face lessons and 148 hours of e-learning lessons. These course starts in April 2017 and ends in January 2018. The course has two axes. One focused on the teaching of Maths and another on specific curricular knowledge. Thus, cross-curricular elements link to training, mathematical discussion, problem-solving, case analysis, and lessons planning. They are related to the curriculum axes: Numbers, Geometry and Measurement, Data and Probabilities and Algebra.

“We want to see this experience. If it is a good experience, we could make decisions about other subjects,” Veas concludes.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 in Frontpage, News