University Teaching Experience for Mathematics Prospective Teachers (UTEMPT)

Principal Investigators: Kristen Bieda, Fran Arbaugh (Penn State University), and Michelle Cirillo (University of Delaware)
Graduate Students: Kevin Voogt, Bill Humes, Valentin Kuechle
Post-Doc: ReAnna Roby
Funding: National Science Foundation IUSE Program
Dates the project is funded: August 2017 - August 2021

This Collaborative Research project aims to assess the effectiveness of the UTE (University Teaching Experience) model of early field experiences for prospective teachers when implemented in various teacher preparation programs. The UTE model involves mathematics teacher educators serving as mentor teachers for PSTs as they teach in an undergraduate gateway mathematics course. This IUSE Development and Implementation for Engaged Student Learning project will empirically assess the effectiveness of the UTE model in supporting the development of PSTs' understanding of the practices of eliciting and responding to student thinking, both of which are high-leverage teaching practices (NCTM, 2014; Smith & Stein, 2011) and are essential for achieving ambitious learning outcomes.

Over the course of four years, the project will gather quantitative data in the form of pre- and post-surveys to measure PSTs' knowledge for teaching algebra. We will also video-record PSTs' teaching during the UTE, and conduct interviews to assess changes in their  understanding about teaching mathematics. We will follow the PSTs into a subsequent school-based teaching placement and use video-recorded observations to collect data about their teaching practice. We will compare UTE participants' data with control group data from two of three implementation sites to assess the effectiveness of the UTE. We  will also analyze final grade data from the mathematics courses involved in the UTE, and artifacts of implementation, such as syllabi, to determine the viability of the UTE model as it scales to other institutions as well as essential elements necessary for widespread, effective UTE implementation.

UTEMPT Photo of PIs and Advisory Board







From left to right: Ahmed Benkhalti (University of Delaware post-doctoral researcher), Kriste Bieda (PI, Michigan State University), Fran Arbaugh (PI, Pennsylvania State University), Daniel Chazan (advisory board member, University of Maryland), Michelle Cirillo (PI, University of Delaware), Kevin Guidry (external evaluator, University of Delaware), Corey Drake (advisory board member, Michigan State University), Michael Jacobson (advisory board member, University of Colorado-Denver) and ReAnna Roby (Post-doctoral researcher, Michigan State University)


Photo of Grad students working on UTEMPT project





Graduate students working on UTEMPT, from left to right:

Bill Humes, Valentin Kuechle, Kevin Voogt