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LAUSD Mathematics Teacher and Coach Focus Groups: Views of District Instructional Guidance from the Field: SCALE RET Case Study report

Abstract

"For three consecutive evenings in January 2004, researchers Eric Osthoff and Steven
Cantrell met with secondary mathematics teachers and coaches to discuss the impact of several
key elements of the District Mathematics Plan. The 22 participants were a diverse, though nonrepresentative,
collection of Algebra I teachers and secondary mathematics coaches. The primary
aim of the meetings was to better understand the impact of several key elements of the district
mathematics plan, including textbooks, the instructional guide, the periodic mathematics
assessments, and mathematics coaches. A second aim was to test ideas for improving the quality
of assistance currently provided by the district mathematics instructional support staff.

...The following report describes the sessions and provides a much more faithful rendition
of teacher responses to our prompts."

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