The Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CSMTE) is an interdisciplinary center that brings together faculty and graduate students from Binghamton University's Graduate School of Education, the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences’ Division of Science and Mathematics, and the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The primary mission is to develop, implement, and disseminate creative, research-informed approaches to K-12 science and mathematics teacher preparation and career-long professional development. Such approaches seek to both raise the floor on standard practice and the ceiling of best practice by building on a foundation of cognitive learning theory, appropriate use of educational technology, and world class standards in Curriculum-Instruction-Assessment. The ultimate beneficiaries of enhancing teachers' pedagogical content knowledge and expertise include K-12 students (i.e. especially the economically disadvantaged, students of color, students with disabilities, and females who continue to be underrepresented in science and mathematics degree programs and careers), the schools, and society as a whole.
It will also be important for CSMTE to conduct longitudinal studies related to individuals who graduate from the teacher preparation programs it developed. In this respect, CSMTE will develop a series of indicators on teaching performance to be assessed on an annual basis. This will enable CSMTE staff to examine the entry-level teaching effectiveness of graduates and their professional development throughout their careers. These investigations will include qualitative studies of children taught by program graduates related to their continued interest and work in the fields of science, mathematics, technology and engineering. Such studies are ambitious and difficult to fund, but can be a powerful method for accurately reporting the effects of specific teacher preparation programs and their eventual impact on children and society.
Housed within the Graduate School of Education, CSMTE seeks to create synergistic partnerships within and across campus units and local school districts that make us both competitive for external funds and place us in a position where we can learn from and with each other.
For additional information, see The Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.
Last Updated: 3/20/12