The need for future teachers who are well versed in mathematics and science will not be provided by Virginia’s four-year institutions alone. A large portion of those students who complete their K-8 teacher preparation programs at Virginia’s four-year institutions have studied a signiﬁcant portion, if not all, of their mathematics and science at community colleges. Therefore, if future teachers are to have completed appropriate mathematics and science courses these must be provided by the community colleges. In addition, community colleges can play a critical role in attracting people with a high potential for becoming excellent teachers. Two-year colleges are located in urban and rural areas, enroll a large portion of Virginia’s minority students, and welcome returning adults. We need to attract students from this source if we are to produce sufﬁcient numbers of well prepared teachers in Virginia. A recent National Science Foundation workshop developed detailed recommendations conceming the role of two-year colleges. This paper will focus on these recommendations.
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Neely-Fisher, D. L.
"Community College Perspectives on Teacher Preparation in Virginia,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 2
, Article 13.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol2/iss2/13