Finding common ground: a synthesis of science and mathematics teacher educators’ experiences with professional growth

Meredith Park Rogers, Amanda Berry, Konrad Krainer, Ruhama Even

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Abstract

The seven articles that comprise this Special Issue examine the professional growth of mathematics and science teacher educators across different contexts and different foci of who is the teacher educator being studied. Despite these differences, a common thread running throughout these seven articles is the need for learning to be situated in collaboration with others. In this final article, we examine the contribution of these articles through two perspectives: that of the collaborative contexts supporting the professional growth of mathematics and science teacher educators, and the role of disciplinary knowledge as part of the purpose for teacher educators’ professional growth. We notice that collaboration can take on very different structures in supporting teacher educators’ professional learning due to the different purposes and roles of the teacher educators in the studies. We also notice that while collaboration figures as an important component in all of the studies, the disciplinary specific aspects of collaboration, i.e., how collaboration might be negotiated differently by teacher educators in mathematics and science, is still not well understood. Overall, these articles provide important insights that help to shed new light on the complex and multifaceted nature of teacher educators’ learning and growth and provide productive avenues for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-180
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education
Volume19
Issue numberS1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • Professional growth
  • Professional knowledge
  • Teacher educator

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