Date Approved

4-26-2007

Embargo Period

3-29-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in Mathematics Education

Department

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Milou, Eric

Subject(s)

Mathematics teachers--Training of--New Jersey; Middle school teachers--New Jersey

Disciplines

Science and Mathematics Education

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to assess New Jersey middle school mathematics teachers' qualifications and beliefs on certification. To research this topic, teachers from South Jersey middle schools were contacted and asked to respond to a survey. The survey was created by the researcher to obtain information on the qualifications of respondents and their beliefs. The survey used a Likert scale to measure teachers' beliefs on their qualifications and comfort level teaching New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. It is clear from previous research that middle school mathematics teachers should be educated specifically to teach both mathematics and young adolescents. It is also clear from this research that New Jersey middle school mathematics teachers are not educated in such a way. It is imperative that all middle school mathematics teachers be properly trained in mathematics as well as middle-level education.

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