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Report on Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Ecuador

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This report aims to present pre-service and in-service mathematics teacher education in Ecuador from independence to the present. The education of mathematics teachers in Ecuador has not followed a clear evolution and conceptualization path given the historical divide between government policies and the educational reality. As evaluations of teachers in public institutions show a serious problem at the level of content mastery, government reforms aim to strengthen teaching practice and education for citizenship. The cognitive component of mathematics teachers in General Basic Education is insufficient to lay a good conceptual structure for future teachers. There is a desire to contribute to the professional development of teachers, but without proper structuring. Isolated and individual efforts have failed to become a true state policy that goes beyond successive governments and provides Mathematics Education the place it deserves as the engine of scientific and technological transformation of the country.


  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics teacher education
  • Ecuador

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    Montubio are an indigenous mestizo people of coastal Ecuador. The Montubio were recognized by the government in the spring of 2001 after protests that included protracted hunger strikes.

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    Herbart indicated that interest is the cardinal concept of instruction, but is the end not the means.

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    The “integrative curricular processes” are concepts of a great degree of generalization of the academic contents that articulate the whole curricular design in each content area, with a projection toward interdisciplinarity.

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    SENESCYT is the National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.


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Martínez Jara, M. et al. (2018). Report on Mathematics Teacher Preparation in Ecuador. In: Baldin, Y.Y., Malaspina, U. (eds) Mathematics Teacher Education in the Andean Region and Paraguay. SpringerBriefs in Education. Springer, Cham.

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