Research by Dr. Steven Jones Published in Journal of Mathematical Behavior

Research by Dr. Steven Jones Published in Journal of Mathematical Behavior

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The Journal of Mathematical Behavior published an article by BYU Mathematics Education Assistant Professor Steven Jones, PhD, in March 2017. “An Exploratory Study on Student Understandings of Derivatives in Real-World, Non-Kinematics Contexts” examines how students take the concepts they learn in their math classes, and apply them to coursework in areas of study outside of pure mathematics. In particular, Jones examined how students worked with, interpreted, and reasoned about calculus derivatives inside various physics and engineering contexts. He examined the additional complexities that exist in understanding the derivative in these kinds of contexts, such as knowing how to work with “non-time” independent variables. While students were typically capable of calculating these derivatives, they did not always know how to make sense of what they meant. “The vast majority of students…
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Dr. Teuscher Kicks Off Research Funded by the National Science Foundation

Dr. Teuscher Kicks Off Research Funded by the National Science Foundation

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After receiving an EHR Core Research Grant from the National Science Foundation In September of last year, BYU Mathematics Education associate professor Dawn Teuscher is putting her research into motion. “Because of the elite status of the NSF and the rigorous submission process, obtaining grants through this agency is very competitive,” said Department Chair Dr. Blake Peterson. “Obtaining this grant is a significant accomplishment for Dr. Teuscher, and for the department.” Dr. Teuscher–in conjunction with three other professors at Grand Valley State University, University of Arkansas Fayetteville, and University of Nevada Las Vegas–originally received the three year grant after submitting a proposal to measure how eighth grade teachers make curriculum choices, and explore the reasoning behind the activities that are included or excluded in lesson plans. Now, they’re getting to…
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Research by Two BYU MathEd Faculty Featured in NCTM’s Latest Book

Research by Two BYU MathEd Faculty Featured in NCTM’s Latest Book

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In April of this year, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics published a book featuring research from professors at many highly acclaimed universities, including two BYU Mathematics Education faculty members. The book, Enhancing Classroom Practice, aimed to make the research behind principles found in an earlier publication (Principles to Action) available to all current and future math teachers, coaches, administrators, and teacher educators. BYU Mathematics Education faculty Dr. Blake Peterson and Dr. Keith Leatham both coauthored chapters featured in the book. Dr. Peterson and Rina Viramontes, a teacher at Chaparral Middle School in New Mexico, discussed ways for teachers to support students in productive struggles with their article, “Key Questions to Guide Teachers in Supporting Productive Struggle in Learning Mathematics.” This article also illustrated how tasking students to solve challenging…
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