Archive | February 2014

2014 – Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Presenters: Eryn M. Stehr and Lynette Guzman

Presentation title: Technology and algebra in secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs

Presentation Date and Time: Friday, February 28, 2014 from 10:25 AM – 10:55 AM

Abstract:  Most recently, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences has advocated for incorporating technology in secondary mathematics classrooms. Colleges and universities across the United States are incorporating technology to varying degrees into their mathematics teacher preparation programs. This study examines preservice secondary mathematics teachers’ opportunities to expand their knowledge of algebra through the use of technology and to learn how to incorporate technology when teaching algebra in mathematics classrooms. We explore the research question: What opportunities do secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs provide for PSTs to encounter technologies in learning algebra and learning to teach algebra? We examine data collected from a pilot study of three Midwestern teacher education programs conducted by the Preparing to Teach Algebra (PTA) project investigating algebra. Our data suggest that not all secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs integrate experiences with technology across mathematics courses, and that mathematics courses may provide few experiences with technology to PSTs beyond strictly computational.

Citation: Stehr, E. & Guzman, L. (submitted). Technology and algebra in secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME). Denver, CO.

Stehr, E. & Guzman, L. (2014, February). Technology and algebra in secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. Paper presented at the Seventeenth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME). Denver, CO.  (link to presentation slides)

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2014 – CREATE for STEM Institute Mini-Conference at Michigan State University

Presenters: Eryn M. Stehr and Lynette Guzman

Presentation title: Technology and algebra in secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs

Presentation Date and Time: Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Abstract:  Most recently, the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences has advocated for incorporating technology in secondary mathematics classrooms. Colleges and universities across the United States are incorporating technology to varying degrees into their mathematics teacher preparation programs. This study examines preservice secondary mathematics teachers’ opportunities to expand their knowledge of algebra through the use of technology and to learn how to incorporate technology when teaching algebra in mathematics classrooms. We explore the research question: What opportunities do secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs provide for PSTs to encounter technologies in learning algebra and learning to teach algebra? We examine data collected from a pilot study of three Midwestern teacher education programs conducted by the Preparing to Teach Algebra (PTA) project investigating algebra. Our data suggest that not all secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs integrate experiences with technology across mathematics courses, and that mathematics courses may provide few experiences with technology to PSTs beyond strictly computational.

Citation: Stehr, E. & Guzman, L. (2014, February). Technology and algebra in secondary mathematics teacher preparation programs. Poster presented at the CREATE for STEM Institute Mini-Conference at Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI. MSU CREATE4STEM 2014

2015 – Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)

Session Title: Program cases of opportunities to learn algebra and to learn to teach algebra

Description: The aim of our study is to explore the different ways that secondary mathematics teacher education programs prepare PSTs to teach algebra to diverse student populations in the context of changing standards and algebra-related educational policies. Algebra is of particular importance as it is considered a civil right and serves as a gatekeeper to more advanced courses and science and mathematics-related career opportunities (Kilpatrick & Izsák, 2008; Moses & Cobb, 2001).  We will discuss opportunities to learn (OTLs) algebra and OTLs to teach algebra in five programs, highlighting areas of concentration and unique qualities.  With this aim in mind, our research question is: How do learning opportunities offered at five secondary mathematics teacher education programs support pre-service teachers in learning about algebra and learning to teach algebra?

Presenters: Alexia Mintos, Eryn M. Stehr, Jeffrey Craig, and Jill Newton.

Presentation Time and Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Citation: Mintos, A., Stehr, E.M., Craig, J., & Newton, J. (2015, February), Program cases of opportunities to learn algebra and to learn to teach algebra. Paper presented at The Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), Orlando, FL.

2014 – Association of Mathematics Teacher Education

Presenters: Alexia Mintos, Andrew Hoffman, and Hyunyi Jung

Presentation title: Secondary mathematics teacher education: Learning how to teach algebra

Presentation Date and Time: Friday, February 7, 2014 from 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Abstract: We aim to answer the following research question: “What opportunities do PSTs have to learn algebra and to learn to teach algebra?” In this session, we will describe our emergent framework along with findings from our analysis.  The framework related to what PSTs learned about teaching school algebra (e.g., theories of student learning, pedagogical strategies for diverse learners, and concept specific tasks) and how they learned to teach school algebra (e.g., completing tasks/ assignments as learners and reading journal articles and policy documents) will be the focus.

Citation: Mintos, A., Hoffman, A., & Jung, H. (2014, February). Secondary mathematics teacher education: Learning how to teach algebra. Paper to be presented at the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). Irvine, CA. (link to presentation slides)