Effects of Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching on Student Achievement
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CitationHill, Heather C., Brian Rowan, and Deborah Loewenberg. "Effects of Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching on Student Achievement." American Educational Research Journal 42, no. 2 (2005): 371-406.
AbstractThis study explored whether and how teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching contributes to gains in students’ mathematics achievement. We used linear mixed model methodology in which first (n=1190) and third (n=1773) graders’ mathematical achievement gains over a year were nested within teachers (n=334 and n=365), who in turn were nested within schools (n=115). We found teachers’ mathematical knowledge was significantly related to student achievement gains in both first and third grades, controlling for key student and teacher-level covariates. While this result is consonant with findings from the educational production function literature, our result was obtained using a measure of the specialized mathematical knowledge and skills used in teaching mathematics. This result provides support for policy initiatives designed to improve students’ mathematics achievement by improving teachers’ mathematical knowledge.
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