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Craig Mertler gives teachers tools for success
|Dr. Craig Mertler
American K-12 teachers are facing many more demands for accountability for what students learn in their classroom, says Dr. Craig Mertler, educational foundations and inquiry (EDFI).
With that in mind, he is attempting to help teachers learn to use standardized tests and interpret statistical data—subjects generally held in low regard by teachers and students alike—to improve their teaching and customize their methods to the needs of their students.
Mertler has written four books since 2000 and has just signed a contract for another. The books are designed for both pre-service and in-service teachers as well as graduate students in education.
Combining his expertise in research methods, statistics, and measurement and assessment with his experience as a high school science teacher, he aims all his work at creating better teachers and presenting usable information to them in a very readable, accessible manner.
“Math and research methods are topics most people don’t like and tend to avoid. I want to say to teachers don’t shy away from them, but try to learn how they can help you do your job—helping students learn—more effectively,” Mertler said.