[Webinar] The Current Status of Novice Mathematics Teachers: Findings from the 2018 NSSME+

Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 12-1:00 pm Eastern Time


Kristen Malzahn, Horizon Research, Inc.

Novice mathematics teachers (those in their first five years of teaching) make up about one-fourth of the mathematics teaching force in the United States.  What do we know about these teachers in terms of their educational backgrounds, teaching preparation, and mathematics instruction?  In 2018, Horizon Research, Inc. conducted the sixth in a series of studies known as the National Survey of Science and Mathematics (NSSME).  The 2018 NSSME+ (rebranded to reflect the additional emphasis on computer science at the high school level) was designed to provide up-to-date information and to identify trends in the areas of teacher background and experience, curriculum and instruction, and the availability and use of instructional resources.  Although the focus of the 2018 NSSME+ was not on novice teachers, the dataset provides an opportunity to examine the current status of novice mathematics teachers, with particular emphasis on the similarities and difference between them and veteran teachers.  This webinar will share findings related to novice mathematics teachers’ characteristics, their preparation for teaching mathematics and ongoing learning opportunities, and the nature of mathematics instruction.  Participants will have an opportunity to consider these findings in relation to AMTE’s Standards for Preparing Teachers of Mathematics and reflect on implications for mathematics teacher educators and other mathematics leaders.

About the Speakers

Kristen Malzahn is a Senior Researcher at Horizon Research, Inc. and serves as a Co-PI of the 2018 NSSME+.  She has worked on a number of NSF-funded mathematics education research and evaluation projects, including the 2000 and 2012 NSSMEs.