Brigham Young University
Department of Mathematics Education
Focusing Student Teaching on Students' Mathematical Thinking
A three-year research project, the purpose of which is to restructure student teaching in mathematics so as to focus the student teaching experience on students’ mathematical thinking.
related presentation (MEA 2010): Restructuring Student Teaching to Focus on Students’ Mathematical Thinking
Characterized the beliefs of area cooperating teachers as to the purpose of student teaching in mathematics. These findings are being used in the development of a reconceptualization of the structure of the student teaching experience for preservice secondary mathematics teachers.
related presentation (AMTE 2006): Purpose of Student Teaching
Select Past Projects
to gather information from university professors regarding the
technology preparation their future high school mathematics teachers
with the following purposes:
This study, which led to my doctoral dissertation, investigated preservice secondary mathematics teachers’ beliefs about teaching mathematics with technology, the experiences in which those beliefs were grounded, and how those beliefs were held.
related publication: Viewing mathematics teachers' beliefs as sensible systems
related presentation (NCTM presession 2006): Theoretical and Methodological Issues in Research on Teachers' Beliefs
Worked with a
team of researchers to synthesize
peer-reviewed, published research that addresses the use of handheld
technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics. I worked
the section on teacher knowledge and beliefs. The project was funded by
Instruments. Director: Gail Burrill
Developing Open-Ended Assessment Items for Georgia’s Teachers of Mathematics: Grades 3-11
Worked on the development of assessment items. Was also responsible for the technology needs of the project. The project developed materials that now make up a web-based database of 450 open-ended assessment items for use by teachers in grades 3-11. The items fit into a framework consisting of 32 content dimensions crossed with three grade levels (elementary, middle, secondary). The project was funded through the Eisenhower Program for Improving Mathematics and Science Instruction. Principal Investigator: Thomas J. Cooney
related publication: Getting started with open-ended assessment
related presentation (NCTM 2006): Developing and Assessing Algebraic Reasoning