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Professional Associations: Creatinge Pathways for Innovation

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by Michael Pearson, Mathematical Association of America. Presented at the Workshop on Disseminating CCLI Innovations: Arlington, VA, February 18-19, 2010. Workshop organized by Joe Tront, Flora McMartin and Brandon Muramatsu.

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Professional Associations: Creatinge Pathways for Innovation

  1. 1. Michael Pearson Mathematical Association of America Cite as: Pearson, M., (2010). Professional Associations: Creating Pathways for Innovation. Presented at the Workshop on Disseminating CCLI Innovations: Arlington, VA, February 18-19, 2010. Unless otherwise specified this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License ( creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/)
  2. 2. <ul><li>A non-profit organization seeking to further a particular profession </li></ul><ul><li>An organization whose members share a common profession, brought together to further the interests of individuals engaged in that profession </li></ul><ul><li>A standards-establishing, certification, or accrediting body for individuals or programs </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Publications (journals, books, electronic) </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings (national, regional and/or focusing on special themes) </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development (workshops, formal and informal networking) </li></ul><ul><li>Public policy (advocacy efforts) </li></ul><ul><li>Public awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Consulting and/or accrediting teams </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Members of profession view themselves as community of peers </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership usually semi-democratic, but also meritocratic, subject to lots of discipline-specific dynamics (no such thing as a non-political disciplinary association) </li></ul><ul><li>Track record of consistently conservative behavior that doesn’t stray too far from broad consensus of what is mainstream </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Planned periodic reviews (e.g. curriculum guidelines) and data collection processes </li></ul><ul><li>Members/leaders bring ideas forward (formal and informal processes) </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with government agencies/policy makers (NSF, congress, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with other associations (formal umbrella groups, networking—e.g. DSEA) </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Identifying (and perhaps cultivating) expertise in variety of domains </li></ul><ul><li>Establishing groups built around particular themes to identify innovations/innovators </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing innovations to attention of broader audience (print, meetings, web) </li></ul><ul><li>Building consensus (surveys, focus groups, dissemination strategies)—but takes time! </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Disciplinary societies exist to serve membership </li></ul><ul><li>Strategies must be collegial, not preachy or coercive </li></ul><ul><li>Position association as ready to help meet needs of constituents (sometimes individual, sometimes department) </li></ul><ul><li>Can we “package” innovation to lower barriers to implementation? May mean not always reaching for excellence in every classroom! </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>New technologies changing way we communicate and work </li></ul><ul><li>Better data on large-scale level providing clearer view of need to adjust educational efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Pressure from external constituencies (leading to changes in accreditation requirements!) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Potential for associations to serve as clearing houses </li></ul><ul><li>Bring together innovators to share and refine </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic recognition of leading innovators </li></ul><ul><li>Package materials for adoption and implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships with NSF </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cite as: Pearson, M., (2010). Professional Associations: Creating Pathways for Innovation. Presented at the Workshop on Disseminating CCLI Innovations: Arlington, VA, February 18-19, 2010. Unless otherwise specified this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License ( creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/)

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