[Blueboard] Special Lecture on Math Education

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Wed Jul 25 10:51:02 PHT 2012

The Ateneo de Manila University
Mathematics Department

cordially invites you to a talk on

Potential Issues in In-service Teacher Training in
the Philippine Context


Debbie Bautista-Verzosa, PhD
Mathematics Department
School of Science and Engineering

on Monday, July 30, 2012
4:30 - 5:30 pm at SECA 303.


Ateneo de Manila has been widely recognized as an institution that  
offers high quality education. It thus comes as no surprise that many  
of its faculty members are often invited to design and deliver  
in-service training programs for teachers in the basic or tertiary  
education levels. However, there is a need to challenge and reflect on  
the notion that ''teachers have problems, researchers [or teacher  
trainers] have solutions'' (Krainer, 2011, p. 51). Indeed, the  
traditional ''researcher as expert'' model has been shown to be  
limited in its applications on classroom practice.

This talk examines my experience in relation to conducting training  
workshops for in-service teachers. In particular, the talk applies  
Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) to teachers (rather than  
to students). Issues in relation to teaching in the context of a  
developing country will also be discussed. It will be argued that  
researchers and trainers need to be aware of teachers' ZPD and the  
classroom realities that shape their pedagogical decisions before  
teacher development may take place. This argument will be supported by  
data drawn not only from the literature but also from a reflection and  
analysis of one short-term teacher training program carried out with  
two other members of the Ateneo Mathematics Department.

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