School of Natural Sciences,
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA 01002
Department of Geosciences,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
is the Massachusetts Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation.
first step in preparing future teachers is to have them experience effective
teaching in college science and mathematics courses. STEMTEC summer
familiarized 150 faculty members with a variety of teaching strategies
recommended in the National Science Teaching Standards. These faculty
incorporated the techniques into one or more of their courses during
academic years, and many of them reported on their progress during a
conference, Pathways to Change,
STEMTEC sponsored in the summer of 2000. Fourteen
papers, based on these conference reports, are included in this volume.
A Brief Overview
Engineering, Mathematics, Teacher Enhancement Collaborative) is the
Massachusetts Collaborative for Excellence in Teacher Preparation, funded by
National Science Foundation in 1997. During a seven-year period starting in
the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) established 20 CETP sites
the nation with the purpose of drawing more and better qualified
into K-12 science and mathematics teaching.
Although each CETP program has this common goal, the sites differ in
emphasis and approach.
STEMTEC initiated a
comprehensive effort to improve the quality of
teaching by science and mathematics faculty as a stimulus for undergraduates
consider careers in K-12 teaching.
reasoned that students would become more interested in these subjects, and
in teaching, if their own college professors were aware of good pedagogical
practices, especially those recommended by the National Science Teaching
Standards . Numerous studies published between 1986 and 1997 show that
students are leaving science, mathematics and engineering majors because of
teaching, especially in introductory courses  . Teaching techniques in
these courses typically emphasize memorization, coverage, and competition,
whereas the recommendations for effective teaching and learning call for
emphasis on the process of science, inquiry, and cooperative learning 
 . Many college
were unaware of these recommendations, or of the research upon which they
a group, university science professors are notoriously resistant to changing
and what they teach. In our
video How Change Happens: Breaking the
Teach As You Were Taught Cycle in Science and Math Dean Linda Slakey,
Amherst says ..