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Research

Faculty Projects

Past Projects

Teacher leadership program for experienced science teachers in partnership with University of Massachusetts Boston

PIs:
Munakata (PI), Jackie Willis, Emily Klein and Monica Taylor (Co-PIs).
Funded By:
Wipro Science Education Fellowship, $1,308,450
Duration:
January 2013 – December 2017

The DYME project: Developing students’ thinking of Dynamic Measurement

PIs:
Nicole Panorkou
Funded by:
Spencer Foundation, $49,443
Duration:
January 2016 – July 2017

CUSP: Creating School and University Partnerships

PIs:
Mika Munakata, Erin Krupa, and Jackie Willis
Funded by:
New Jersey Department of Education, Mathematics Science Partnership. $367,700 in Year 1, $366,600 in Year 2 (renewable for three years, totaling $1,103,100)
Duration:
July 2013 – June 2016

Noyce at Montclair: Preparing the Effective Elementary Mathematics Teacher

PIs:
Steven Greenstein, Erin Krupa, and Jennifer Robinson
Funded by:
National Science Foundation, Noyce Capacity Building Grant $225,803
Duration:
August 2013 – July 2015

Professional Services Contract between the Newark Public School System and Montclair State University to conduct a professional development project with 5th and 6th grade teachers implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

PIs:
Erin Krupa and Steven Greenstein
Funded by:
Newark Public Schools sub-award from the Race To The Top 3 (RTTT3) federal funding, $283,000
Duration:
August 2012 – July 2015

Professional Services Contract between Orange Public Schools and Montclair State University to conduct a professional development project with high school mathematics teachers

PIs:
Erin Krupa and Eileen Murray
Funded by:
Orange Public Schools, $20,000
Duration:
August 2014 – June 2015

GK-12 Fellows in the Middle: Partnerships for Inquiry and Interdisciplinary Middle School Science and Mathematics

PIs:
Munakata (PI), Ken Wolff and Mary Lou West (Co-PI’s), Eliza Leszczynski, project manager
Funded by:
National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 (GK-12) Program, Directorate of Graduate Education. Award #0638708. $2,925,141
Duration:
March, 2007 – February 2015

The Art of Making Sustainable Science

PIs:
Ashwin Vaidya (PI), Munakata (Co-PI)
Funded by:
American Physical Society, $10,000
Duration:
May 1, 2012 – September 1, 2013

Student Publications

  • Chung, B. J., Platt, D., & Vaidya, A. (2016). The Mechanics of Clearance in a non-Newtonian Lubrication Layer. International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics.
  • Fernandez, Weinstein, L., Janakat, J., Seventko, J., Rahman, Z., Casale, K., Yu, K., Kose, G., Bonnacorso, V., & Basu, D. (under review at Mathematics Teaching in the Middle Schools).  Average Rate Problems Investigated in Middle Schools. [Further information blinded].
  • Fernandez, E., McManus, J., & Platt, D. (2017) Extending mathematical practices to online teaching. The Mathematics Teacher, 110(6),
  • Krupa, E. E., Webel, C., & McManus, J. (2015). Undergraduate students’ knowledge of algebra: Evaluating the impact of computer-based and traditional learning environments. PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies25(1), 13-30. doi:10.1080/10511970.2014.897660
  • Krupa, E. E., Webel, C., & McManus, J. (2013). Evaluating the impact of computer-based and traditional learning environments on students’ knowledge of algebra. In Martinez, M. & Castro Superfine, A (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Leszczynski, E., Munakata, M., Evans, J., & Pizzigoni, F. (2014). Integrating mathematics and science: Ecology and Venn diagrams. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. 20(2) 90-96.
  • McManus, J. (2014, December 28). Creativity brings life to math classrooms. Asbury Park Press, pp. AA1-AA2. [Guest editorial for the feature @ISSUE: How can math be made more interesting for students?]
  • McManus, J. (2014, December 28). McManus: Creativity brings life to math classrooms. Courier-Post Online. [Syndication of above Asbury Park Press editorial.]
  • Monahan. C, Munakata, M., Vaidya, A. (in press). Engaging in probabilistic thinking through play. Mathematics Teacher.
  • Munakata, M., Vaidya, A., Monahan. C., Krupa, E. (submitted). Promoting Creativity in General Education Mathematics Courses. Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Education.
  • Paoletti, T., Monahan, C. & Vishnubhotla, M. (2017) Designing GeoGebra Applets to Maximize Student Engagement. Mathematics Teacher, 110 (8), 628-630.
  • Paoletti, T., Vishnubhotla, M., Rahman, Z., Seventko, J. & Basu, D. (2017) Comparing graph use in STEM textbooks and practitioner journals. Proceedings of the Twentieth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, San Diego, California.
  • Panorkou, N & Vishnubhotla, M. (2017). Counting Square Units Is Not Enough: Exploring Area Dynamically. In T. A. Olson & L. Venenciano (Eds.), Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, Fort Worth, TX (pp. 97-104).
  • Panorkou, N., Maloney, A., Confrey, J., & Platt, D. (August 2014). Developing elementary students’ reasoning of geometric transformations through dynamic animations. Proceedings of Constructionism and Creativity, (pp. 1-10). Vienna, Austria.
  • Taylor, M., Ayari, C., Kintish, R., Jedick, N., Lemley, J., Lormand, K., Tanis, J., & Weinstein, L. (2018). Using self-study to push binary boundaries and borders: Exploring gender and sexuality in teacher education. In D. Garbett and A. Owens (Eds.), Pushing Boundaries & Crossing Borders (229-236).
  • Vanderklein, D., Munakata, M., & McManus, J. (2016). Crossing boundaries in undergraduate biology. Journal of College Science Teaching45(3), 41-47.
  • Vishnubhotla, M., Munakata, M. (2018) The Mathematics of Loopy Picture Frames. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 23 (4), 231-235.
  • Webel, C., Krupa, E. E., & McManus, J. (2016). Using representations of fraction multiplication. Teaching Children Mathematics22(6), 366-373.
  • Webel, C., Krupa, E. E., & McManus, J. (2015). Teachers’ evaluations and use of web-based curriculum resources to support their teaching of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Middle Grades Research Journal, 10(2), 49-64.
  • Webel, C., Krupa, E. E., & McManus, J. (2015). Benny goes to college: Is the “math emporium” reinventing individually prescribed instruction? MathAMATYC Educator6(3), 4-13, 62.
  • Webel, C., & Platt, D. (2012). Transition in limbo: How competing obligations can lead to pedagogical inertia. In Van Zoest, L.R.; Lo, J.-J. (Eds.). (2012) Proceedings of the 34th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.  Kalamazoo, MI.; Western Michigan University.  pp. 905-908.
  • Webel, C., & Platt, D. (2015). The Role of Professional Obligations in Attempting to Change One’s Teaching Practices,  Teaching and Teacher Education, 47, 204 – 217.
  • Russo, M. F. (2014). Quantitative literacy and high school mathematics: The evolution of a collaboratively constructed course and its impact on students’ attitudes and numeracy (Doctoral dissertation).
  • Russo, M. F. (2014). Teaching sound waves and sinusoids using Audacity and the TI-Nspire. The Electronic Journal of Mathematics and Technology, 8(1), 222-227.
  • Russo, M. F. (2011). An investigation into Sierpinski’s gasket. The New Jersey Mathematics Teacher, 69(2), 11-15.
  • Russo, M. F. (2014). Teaching sound waves and sinusoids using Audacity and the TI-Nspire. Research Journal of Mathematics and Technology, 3(1), 179-185.
  • Russo, M. F. (2015). Quantitative literacy and co-construction in a high school math course. Numeracy, 8(1), 1-23.
  • Russo, M. F. (2015). Customizing a math course with your students. Mathematics Teacher, 109(5), 351-354.

Student Presentations

  • Vishnubhotla, M., & Panorkou, N. (2019). Explore the Distinctions between Quadratic and Exponential Growth Using Dynamic Tasks. Presentation (to be given) at the NCTM National Annual Meeting & Exposition, in San Diego, California.
  • Panorkou, N & Vishnubhotla, M. (2018) Using Dynamic Design to Illustrate the Multiplicative Relationship of Area. Presentation given at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Vishnubhotla, M., Paoletti, T. & Monahan, C. (2018) Exploring Limits and Approximations of Definite Integrals Using Geogebra. Presentation given at the NCTM National Annual Meeting & Exposition, Washington, DC.
  • Vishnubhotla, M., Paoletti, T., Rahman, Z., Moore, K. & Silverman. J. (2018) Conventions as Choices or Rules: Teachers’ Understandings. Presentation given at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Munakata, M., Vaidya, A., Monahan, C., Krupa, E. (2018). Engaged Learning through Creativity in Mathematics. Paper presented at the meeting of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of American on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) in San Diego, California.
  • Paoletti, T., Silverman. J., Moore, K., Vishnubhotla, M., Rahman, Z., Monahan, C. & Germia. E. (2018) Reasoning about Quantities or Conventions: Investigating Shifts in In-service Teachers’ Meanings after an On-line Graduate Course. Paper presented at the meeting of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of American on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) in San Diego, California.
  • Paoletti, T., Moore, K., Silverman. J., Liss. D., Musgrave, S., Vishnubhotla, M.& Rahman, Z. (2018) Conventions or Constraints? Pre-service and In-service Teachers’ Understandings. Paper presented at the meeting of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of American on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) in San Diego, California.
  • Roeder, M.L. (2018) Scratch Programming and Teaching Coordinates.  Poster presented at the Montclair State University Annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Bonaccorso, V., Kose, G. & Roeder, M. L. (2018). Collaboration through lesson planning in a research-practice partnership. Poster presented at the NCTM Annual Research Conference, Washington, DC.
  • Bonaccorso, V., Kose, G. & Roeder, M. L. (2017). Creating Video Case Studies to Analyze Instruction in Math and Science Using TRU (AIMS-TRU). Presented at the Montclair Mathematical Sciences Department Colloquia, Montclair, NJ.
  • Roeder, M. L. (2017). Scratch Programming: An Engaging Way to Learn Coordinates. Presented at the NCTM Regional Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Roeder, M. L. (2017). Scratch Programming: An Engaging Way to Learn Coordinates. Presented at the NCTM Regional Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Paoletti, T., Silverman, J., Vishnubhotla, M., Rahman, Z., Monahan, C. & Germia, E. (2017). Graphing Rules or Conventions? Teachers Understandings. Poster presented at the 39th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA), Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Vishnubhotla, M., Rahman, Z., Seventko, J. & Basu, D. (2017) Comparing graph use in STEM textbooks and Practitioner Journals. Presentation given at the Annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair State University, New Jersey.
  • Rahman, Z., Vishnubhotla, M., Germia, E., Monahan, C. (2017) Graphing Rules or Conventions? Teachers’ Understandings. Presentation given at the Annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair State University, New Jersey.
  • Vishnubhotla, M. & Panorkou, N. (2017) A Learning Trajectory for Visualizing Area as a Dynamic Continuous Quantity. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2017 Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Basu, D., Vishnubhotla, M. & Panorkou, N. (2017) Visualizing the area formula dynamically: Why length times width? Presentation given at the NCTM National Annual Meeting & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Paoletti, T., Monahan, C. & Vishnubhotla, M. (2017) Designing GeoGebra Applets to Maximize Student Engagement. Presentation given at the NCTM National Annual Meeting & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Panorkou, N. & Vishnubhotla, M. (2017) Counting square units is not enough: Exploring area dynamically. Proposal submitted for the 44th Annual Conference of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning, Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Paoletti, T., Vishnubhotla, M., Rahman, Z., Seventko, J. & Basu, D. (2017) Comparing graph use in STEM textbooks and practitioner journals. Paper presented at the meeting of the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of American on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (SIGMAA on RUME) in San Diego, California.
  • Dalton, M.L. (2016, April). Textbooks for secondary mathematics education: Do they provide ample opportunities for realistic problem-solving? Poster presented at the Student Research Symposium at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.
  • Dalton, M.L. (2014, February). Using tilings to understand area. Presented at the Annual Winter Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey. Monroe, NJ.
  • Panorkou, N., Vishnubhotla, M. & Basu, D. (2016) Making sense of length times width through dynamic task design. Presentation given at Annual Winter Conference 2016 of the Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey.
  • Panorkou, N., Vishnubhotla, M. & Basu, D. (2016) Developing Students’ Thinking of Dynamic Measurement. Presentation to be given at NCTM 2016 Regional Conferences & Expositions, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Basu, D., & Vishnubhotla, M. (2016, April). Introducing Dynamic Measurement: A new approach to area and volume. Paper presented at the Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Vishnubhotla, M. & Basu, D. (2016, April). Designing A Learning Trajectory for Developing Students’ Thinking of Dynamic Measurement(DYME). Poster presented at the Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Rahman, Z., Basu, D., & Yu, K. (2016). Using the chain rule to develop secondary school teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching, focused on the rate of change. Poster presented at Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME), Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Murray, E., Basu, D., & Wright, M. (2016). Impact of advanced mathematical knowledge on the teaching and learning of secondary mathematics. Poster presented at Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (RUME), Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Basu, D. (2015).Designing a Learning Trajectory for the Classification of Quadrilaterals. Poster presented at the 9th annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Seventko, J. (2015) A Proposed Study of Millennial Preservice Mathematics Teachers’ Cultural Experiences and Implications for Instruction. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Yu, K.Seventko, J. (2015). Inquiry Based Instructional Supplement (IBIS) for Calculus sequence. Presented at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFest, Washington, DC.
  • Yu, K.Wooten, T.  (2015). Piloting a model of inquiry-oriented supplemental instruction for Calculus I. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair State University, NJ.
  • Yu, K.T. (2014).  PLTL + CL –> IBIS:  Merging Peer-Led Team Learning and Complex Instruction to Build an Inquiry-Based Instructional Supplement.  Poster presented at the 8th Annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair State University, NJ.
  • Casale, K. M. (2015, April). Motivating the female learner in mathematics education. Professional Development presented at the Beta Chi Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education Initiation, William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.
  • Casale, K. M. (2013, October). The effects of a parent participation program on the mathematics performance of ninth grade algebra 1 students. Poster presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, Rocky Hill, CT.
  • Fernandez, E., McManus, J.Platt, D. (2016, April). Teacher knowledge and uncertainty in online teaching.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
  • Fernandez, G., Saltwick, T. (2015, April). Assessing general education across the curriculum. Best Practices Conference 2015. Camden Community College, Blackwood, NJ.
  • Flood, P. (2015) The adult with LD: A mathematics educator’s perspective. The LDA in Chicago, 52nd Annual International Conference. February 18-21, 2015.
  • Flood, P. (2014, April). Pedagogy of the adult with LD: Mathematics perspective. Poster presented at the 8th annual Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Klein, E. J., Taylor, M., Munakata, M., McManus, J.Rahman, Z., Trabona, K. (2016, April). Nurturing teacher leaders through actions and agency: A differentiated science teacher leadership program.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
  • Kopsco, H., Leonardis, T., & McManus, J. (2014, September). Student research panel. In H. F. Berger (chair), Research ethics week. Symposium conducted at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.
  • Kose, G. (2015, November). Extracting the good out of bad mathematics questions. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference and Exposition, Nashville, TN.
  • Kose, G. (2016, October). From typical to better to even better PD. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference and Exposition: Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kose, G. (2016, October). Extracting the good out of bad mathematics questions. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference and Exposition: Philadelphia, PA.
  • Krupa, E. E., Webel, C., & McManus, J. (2013). Evaluating the impact of computer-based and traditional learning environments on students’ knowledge of algebra. In Martinez, M. & Castro Superfine, A (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Krupa, E. E., Webel, C., & McManus, J. (2014, April). Improving teachers’ Core: Influence of PD on teacher knowledge. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • McManus, J., Munakata, M., & Vanderklein, D. (2015). Crossing boundaries in biology education. Poster presented at the Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • McManus, J., Nicholas-Alexander, M., Messyasz, A. (2015, September). Student research panel. In H. F. Berger (chair), Research ethics week. Symposium conducted at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ.
  • Panorkou, N., Maloney, A., Confrey, J. & Platt, D. (2014). Developing elementary students’ reasoning of geometric transformations through dynamic animation. Paper presented at Constructionism and Creativity, Vienna, Austria.
  • Panorkou, N., & Platt, D. (2014). Facilitating the teaching and learning of geometric transformations through motion animation. Paper presented at Emerging Learning Design, Montclair, NJ.
  • Platt, D. (2012). Portrayal of mathematics students’ conceptions of functions as viewed from various sources. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Platt, D. (2012). Alignment and misalignment of a teacher belief’s and her classroom practices at the high school level. Paper presented at the 6th Annual Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Platt, D. (2013). Lecturing versus leading in high school geometry: implications from the arbitrary to the necessary. Paper presented at Northeastern Educational Research Association (NERA) 44th Annual Conference, Rocky Hill, CT.
  • Platt, D. (2013). Measuring students understanding of algebraic patterns. Paper presented at the 7th Annual Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Platt, D. (2014). Exploring elementary school students thinking of invariance through geometric transformations. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Taylor, M., Klein, E., Munakata, M., Trabona, K.Rahman, Z., & McManus, J. (2015, April). Fostering science teacher leadership for sustainable change. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Vanderklein, D., McManus, J., Munakata, M. (2014, May). Crossing boundaries in undergraduate biology education. Poster presented at the 5th annual University Learning and Teaching Showcase, Montclair, NJ.
  • Webel, C., Krupa, E. E., & McManus, J. (2014, February). Curricular reasoning in the CCSSM era: How teachers evaluate electronically available curriculum resources. Paper presented at the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Irvine, CA.
  • Webel, C. Krupa, E. E., & McManus, J. (2014, April). Missing the Core: Classroom representations of fraction multiplication. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Webel, C., & Platt, D. (2012). Transition in limbo: How competing obligations can lead to pedagogical inertia. Paper presented at the 34th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Kalamazoo, MI.; Western Michigan University.
  • Russo, M. F. (2014). Quantitative literacy and high school mathematics: The evolution of a collaboratively constructed course and its impact on students’ attitudes and numeracy. Paper presented at the 8th Annual Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Russo, M. F. (2013). Common core state standards for mathematics and citizenship education. Poster presented at the 7th Annual Montclair State University Student Research Symposium, Montclair, NJ.
  • Greenstein, S., Ekici, C., & Wooten, T. (2014, October). An Analysis Of Locally Effective Practices Towards Developing A Contextually Situated STEM Teacher Education Program. Presented at the International Society of Educational Research (iSER) 2014 World Conference: Cappadocia, Turkey.
  • Greenstein, S., Krupa, E., & Wooten, T. (2014, January). Preparing the Effective Elementary Math Teacher. Poster presentation at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) Conference: Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Greenstein, S., Krupa, E., Robinson, J., & Wooten T. (2014, April). Preparing the Effective Elementary Math Teacher. Poster presentation at the Eighth Annual Research Symposium at Montclair State University: Montclair, NJ.