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Teaching Force and Professional Development Survey of Mathematics and Science Teachers at Elementary and Secondary School Levels
  (This project is part of the ¡§Investigation, Promotion, and Training Project on Elementary and Secondary School Science Education.¡¨)
Sponsor: Ministry of Education
Principal Investigator: Chun-Yen Chang, Ph. D.   
Co-Investigators:Jhy-Ming Horng, Ph. D, Ying-Shao Hsu, Ph. D
Project Period: 2004 - 2006
Contents
    (1) Project Goals
 

i. To understand the quality and human resource allocation of mathematics and science teachers at elementary and secondary school level.
ii. To understand the mathematics and science teachers¡¦ background, pre-service and in-service teacher education, and their willingness for professional development.

    (2) Project Description:
      This three year program is to investigate the human resource of mathematics and science teachers at elementary and secondary school levels. In the first year of the program, the major tasks are to develop and revise the survey tool(s) and to complete the survey investigation on junior high school teachers. The survey of high school teachers and elementary school teachers are scheduled in the second and third year of the project.

Survey Questionnaire Design

     The survey contains two types of questionnaires: Teacher Questionnaire and School Questionnaire. The Teacher Questionnaire is the main data source of the survey program, which mathematics and science teacher are asked to respond to. The School Questionnaire is for school academic affairs offices to fill up. Each targeted school needs to turn in one copy of the School Questionnaire. The purpose of conducting School Questionnaire is to use the school administration information to validate the information provided by  the mathematics and science teachers and to collect and cross-examine the Teacher Questionnaires.
     This study uses a questionnaire survey to census the mathematics and science teacher at elementary and secondary (public and private) school levels in Taiwan. The major dimensions of the survey include:
 i. Background information: e.g. gender, age, subject teaching, type of certification, educational background, current working condition, administrative assignment, and seniority
 ii. Teaching conditions, human resource structure and utilization
iii. Current condition of and willingness and reasons for professional development
iv. Self-evaluation on teaching capability for the new curricula
v.  Research involvement and professional publication.

Research
Method:
     To census on mathematics and science teachers, the questionnaires will be mailed via postal office. One month after the delivery of the questionnaires, phone calls will be made to remind the non-responding schools while supplemental questionnaires mailed out if needed. The questionnaire collection and retrieval will stop after another month. The project investigators then start to organize questionnaire, key-in data, analyze data, and prepare the research reports.

Expected
task completions and specific results:
 i. Expected task completions
* Understanding the quality of teachers and human resource allocation on mathematics and science education at elementary and secondary school levels.
* Understanding the current conditions of in-service teacher education, willingness and reasons for professional development of mathematics and science teachers.
* Understanding mathematics and science teachers¡¦ involvement in research and publication.
ii. Expected specific results
* Research results would provide important reference information for policymakers and educators to evaluate teacher education programs for mathematics and science education.
* Researchers and staff participated in this survey would have practical research experience on conducting mathematics and science education survey research.

Committee on Science Education, Ministry of Education¢xScience Education Monthly¢xTeaching Force and Professional Development Survey of Mathematics and Science Teachers at Elementary and Secondary School Levels¢xHuman Capacity Development Program for Science-Talented Senior High School Students¢xTrends in International Mathematics and Science Study 2007 (TIMSS 2007)¢xDatabase Construction for Science Education Research¢xInternational Junior Science Olympiad¢x