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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About stehrery

Originally from Utah, I have lived in Minnesota and Michigan over the past 10 years. I earned my B.S. in Mathematics from Utah State University and my M.A. in Mathematics from Minnesota State University. I am studying mathematics education at Michigan State University.

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