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Area of a Changing Triangle: Piecing It Together

Area of a Changing Triangle: Piecing It Together

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Blake Peterson recently published an article titled “Area of a Changing Triangle: Piecing It Together” in the Mathematics Teacher: Teaching and Learning PK-12. Blake has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who would you say is the target audience for this article? High school teachers What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? Piecewise functions are usually taught in a very abstract way and void of context. I saw this problem in Japan and was fascinated to see a context for piecewise functions and even more interesting was that some of the pieces were not linear. I think the context can make piecewise functions more accessible for students. What are some of the key ideas in the article? With some careful scaffolding and board…
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Theoretically Framing the Pedagogy of Learning to Teach Mathematics with Technology

Theoretically Framing the Pedagogy of Learning to Teach Mathematics with Technology

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Keith Leatham recently published an article titled “Theoretically Framing the Pedagogy of Learning to Teach Mathematics with Technology” in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. Keith has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? Allison McCulloch at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Nina Bailey at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charity Cayton at East Carolina University, Kristen Fye at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Jennifer Lovett at Middle Tennessee State University Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Mathematics teacher educators What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? The big problem is that the work of teaching teachers about learning and teaching mathematics with technology…
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MTE Podcast

MTE Podcast

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Conversation with the new MTE editors, Mike Steele and Kate Johnson, as they share their vision for the journal. The podcast is available at https://mtepodcast.amte.net/40.
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Examining Students’ Variational Reasoning in Differential Equations

Examining Students’ Variational Reasoning in Differential Equations

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Steven Jones recently published an article titled “Examining Students’ Variational Reasoning in Differential Equations” in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior. Steven has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? George E. Kuster, Christopher Newport University Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Mathematics education researchers and undergraduate mathematics instructors What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? Reasoning and modelling with differential equations requires significant cognitive effort and is not trivial to learn to do. We wanted to know what role variational reasoning played in students' understandings of differential equations. What are some of the key ideas in the article? 1. While students can think of a derivative as a rate of change or…
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Student Research Conference Session Winners 2022

Student Research Conference Session Winners 2022

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The following students were the winner from the Mathematics Education sessions of the College of Physical and Mathematical Science Student Research Conference that was held on March 5, 2022: Jennifer Canizales Navy Dixon Erika Crystal Hannah Vincent. Thanks to all the students who participated in the conference.
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Conceptualizing Curricular Reasoning: A Framework for Examining Mathematics Teachers’ Curricular Decisions

Conceptualizing Curricular Reasoning: A Framework for Examining Mathematics Teachers’ Curricular Decisions

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Dawn Teuscher recently published an article titled “Conceptualizing Curricular Reasoning: A Framework for Examining Mathematics Teachers’ Curricular Decisions” in the Journal  Investigations in Mathematics Learning. Dawn has answered a few questions about this article below:  Who were your co-authors on this article? Shannon Dingman from the University of Arkansas, Travis Olson from University of Nevada Las Vegas, and Lisa Kasmer from Grand Valley State University. Who would you say is the target audience for this article? Teacher educators. What is the big problem you hoped to address with this article? Teachers' reason differently when making decisions as they plan and implement mathematics lessons in their classroom. We propose that teachers need to be thinking about the mathematics curriculum, the students, the mathematics and their own understanding of the concepts to…
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Identifying Graphical Forms Used by Students in Creating and Interpreting Graphs

Identifying Graphical Forms Used by Students in Creating and Interpreting Graphs

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Steven Jones recently had a paper titled “Identifying graphical forms used by students in creating and interpreting graphs.” published in the conference proceedings for the PMENA conference. Steven has answered a few questions about this paper below:  Who were your co-authors on this paper? Jon-Marc Rodriguez Who would you say is the target audience for this paper? Secondary/tertiary mathematics education researchers What is the big problem you hoped to address with this paper? There is a substantial research literature on students' understanding of and reasoning with graphs. However, most of this work is on misconceptions and difficulties, and little work has been done on documenting the productive knowledge elements students do have that they can use in graphical activity. This paper was meant to relate a framework for identifying such…
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Establishing Student Mathematical Thinking as an Object of Class Discussion

Establishing Student Mathematical Thinking as an Object of Class Discussion

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Keith Leatham and Blake Peterson recently had a paper titled “Establishing student mathematical thinking as an object of class discussion” published in the conference proceedings for the Psychology of Mathematics Education – North America (PMENA) conference. Keith has answered a few questions about this paper below:  Who were your co-authors on this paper? Laura R. Van Zoest (Western Michigan University), Ben Freeburn (Western Michigan University), Blake E. Peterson (BYU), and Shari L. Stockero (Michigan Tech University) Who would you say is the target audience for this paper? Mathematics Education Researchers What are some of the main ideas you hope your audience will take from the article? A deeper understanding of the complexity and subtlety of establishing student mathematical thinking as an object of class discussion. What else would you like…
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