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Dr. Máire Ní Riordáin and colleagues publish new research on the professional development needs of out-of-field mathematics teachers

12 Apr 2017
Dr. Máire Ní Riordáin, Senior Lecturer, School of Education

The study, published in the journal Teaching and Teacher Education, examined the needs of teachers teaching an area that is outside their field of training/education.

Along with colleagues Catherine Paolucci (Department of Teaching and Learning and Department of Mathematics, State University of New York) and Laura M. O'Dwyer (Boston College Lynch School of Education), Dr. Ní Riordáin published the article 'An examination of the professional development needs of out-of-field mathematics teachers' in Volume 64 of the journal. The study examined the needs of 202 secondary teachers in the Irish context.

The study found evidence of inadequate subject content knowledge and knowledge of the mathematics curriculum amongst study participants. Teachers described themselves as somewhat/very confident in teaching all mathematics content. Dr. Ní Riordáin et al. (2017) argue for importance to be placed on designing appropriate professional development programmes as a response to teachers' needs.

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