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International Research Forum of APEC Members to Improve Math, Science Teacher Preparation
October 28, 2008, Volume 55, No. 10

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education hosted delegations of senior education researchers and policy makers from nine members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum on October 26-27 to plan an international study on secondary school math and science teacher preparation.

Educators and education researchers from the United States, Republic of Korea, Russia, China, Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore aim to launch a study focused on improving teacher education as well as supports for teachers during the early years of their professional practice. 

“Understanding how our APEC partners prepare, assist and reward teachers in science and math is important to educational improvement in the US and worldwide,” Dr. Andrew Porter, GSE dean, said. “We have much to learn from one another. For example, in Japan and China, teachers observe their peers and comment on their performances to develop a broad understanding of which techniques are most effective in the classroom, just by observing other good teachers. What’s particularly interesting about this study is that countries like Russia, China and the US will be studying teacher preparation together—nothing like this has been done before in a serious way.”

The US delegation to this meeting, operating under the auspices of the US Department of Education, includes the president of Teachers College at Columbia University, the deans of the education schools at Penn and Michigan State University, and educational researchers from those schools including Harvard University and the National Science Foundation.




Almanac - October 28, 2008, Volume 55, No. 10