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Event: Online Discussion with Gordon Kingsley: Chronicle of Higher Education article "Juggling the Numbers" (NOW ARCHIVED)

May 26, 2005
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Eastern



On Thursday,
May 26, at 2 p.m. Eastern, The Chronicle of Higher Education is hosting an interactive discussion with Gordon Kingsley, PI of the MSP RETA Project: Alternative Approaches to Evaluating STEM Education Partnerships. Gordon will be discussing a recent article from The Chronicle, Juggling the Numbers, which we have highlighted this week on MSPnet. The article addresses the debate that has been spurred by recent shifts in federal funding to improve student performance in math and science. This discussion is open to the public and you can submit questions in advance.

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Further details below...

The Topic
In this year's budget, Congress cut spending for a National Science Foundation program in which universities and school districts collaborate to improve schoolteachers' knowledge of mathematics and science. Congress increased by the same amount funds for a version of the program that is run by the U.S. Department of Education. That program, though it reaches schools in all 50 states, is more narrowly focused on helping teachers prepare students to pass state tests on mathematics that are required by the No Child Left Behind Act.
Supporters of the shift in funds say that the Education Department is in a better position to work with school districts, and that the NSF is a research agency, not an education agency. But advocates of strengthening the NSF program, called the Math and Science Partnerships, argue that not enough is known about how to improve student performance in math and science, and that the NSF program is better designed to provide answers. Without such understanding, they say, giving schoolteachers more training in those subjects may not produce significant progress.

The Host
Gordon A. Kingsley is an associate professor in the school of public policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where his teaching and research focus on science and technology policy and organizational theory. He is principal investigator on a project financed by the National Science Foundation to study the impact of educational partnerships, including those between universities and schools, on the development of math and science instructors and teaching. He will respond to questions and comments about these issues on Thursday, May 26, at 2 p.m., U.S. Eastern time. Readers are welcome to post questions and comments now. A transcript will be available following the discussion.

The Article
Juggling the Numbers: A federal spending shift spurs debate over mathematics and science education, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 27, 2005.

What role should university researchers play in improving elementary and secondary education? Should the emphasis be on improving teachers' knowledge of their subject or on their teaching methods? Or, as some critics suggest, are universities not necessarily the best partners in school reform? Can college professors, in turn, learn a lot about math and science instruction from schoolteachers -- and are they willing to listen?

Don't miss the conversation on this topic of interest to us all.


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May 25, 2005

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