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A Critical Examination of the Impacts and Lessons Learned from a Professional Development Program for Out-of-Field Mathematics Teachers

Catherine Paolucci , Máire Ní Ríordáin , Laura O’Dwyer

As international concerns about the prevalence of out-of-field teaching have grown, so have discussions about how to support out-of-field teachers. In.

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As international concerns about the prevalence of out-of-field teaching have grown, so have discussions about how to support out-of-field teachers. In Ireland, the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching, a two-year professional development program, was created for out-of-field mathematics teachers. A pre-test, post-test, and final survey examined the program’s impact on participating teachers’ mathematical knowledge, confidence in teaching curricular content, and classroom practice. Findings offer evidence of development in participating teachers’ mathematical knowledge and self-efficacy after completing the program. They also raise important concerns about persistent weaknesses in participating teachers’ mathematical knowledge, particularly related to key areas of the curriculum.

Keywords: Out-of-field teachers, professional development, mathematics teacher education, mathematical knowledge for teaching.

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