Venezuela: Initial and Continuing Preparation of the Mathematics Teacher
Nelly Leon Gomez and Walter O. Beyer Kessler
Abstract The academy and society are interested in teacher preparation because of the implications it has for teaching practice and, consequently, for student learning. Based on this premise, the initial and continuing preparation of teachers was one of the focal points of the Capacity and Networking Project, CANP 2012, that was held in Costa Rica in August of 2012 sponsored by ICMI (International Commission on Mathematical Instruction) and IMU (International Mathematical Union). Each delegation participating in the event prepared a report on the situation in their country. This chapter is a summary version for the case of Venezuela (Leon et al. in Cuadernos de Investigation y Formation en Education Matematica 8:89-129, 2013a). Here we begin with a description of the Venezuelan education system to then indicate elements of initial and continuing preparation of the Venezuelan Mathematics teacher that include: a brief historical contextualization; the structure and content of initial preparation, highlighting the relationships among the pedagogical and mathematical preparation and its link with professional practice; continuing preparation and the role of research in the preparation and professional development of both elementary and secondary teachers; and the connection of said preparation with the school curriculum. Finally, the most notable weaknesses and strengths will be indicated, and the main medium term and immediate challenges faced in Mathematics teacher preparation will be enumerated.
This document is based on the article: Leon, N., Beyer, W., Serres, Y., & Iglesias, M. (2013). Informe sobre la formation inicial y continua del docente de Matematica: Venezuela. Cuadernos de Investigation y Formation en Education Matematica, 8 (Special issue), 89-129, available at http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/cifem/article/view/12224.
N. Leon Gomez (H)
Liberator Experimental Pedagogical University, Pedagogical Institute of Maturin,
W.O. Beyer Kessler
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A. Ruiz (ed.), Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Central America and the Caribbean, SpringerBriefs in Education,
Keywords Teacher preparation: initial and continuing preparation • Context • Challenges