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Invited Speaker Series – Spring 2023

The Spring 2023 Mathematics Education Doctoral Seminar (MATH 830) featured the list of events below. Attendees read the attached articles to prepare for presentations and for follow-up discussions. The Spring 2022 Speaker Series is archived below.

Mathematical modeling is hard; Studying students doing it is even harder.
9 May 2023
Jennifer Czocher, Texas State University
Reading: Czocher (2017)Czocher et al. (2022)
Supporting Instructional Change in Undergraduate Mathematics
4:45 – 5:15 pm
25 April 2023
Nicholas Fortune, Western Kentucky University
Reading: Fortune & Keene (2021) Participating in an Online Working Group…
Conflict and cooperation: Micropolitical forces impacting coaches’ access
18 April 2023
Stephanie Saclarides, University of Cincinnati; Jen Munson, Northwestern University
Reading: Saclarides and Munson: Conflict & Cooperation – ESJ JM SS
Developing A Framework for Characterizing Student-Created Diagrams In DGEs
11 April 2023
Xiangquan Yao, Penn State University
Reading: Yao (2022) Learners’ Construction of Geometry Diagrams
Using a framework to develop preservice teacher noticing of students’ mathematical thinking within a technology-mediated learning environment
4 April 2023
Nina Bailey, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Reading: Bailey et al. (2020) PST Noticing…
Engaging P-2 Children with Mathematics and Social Justice
28 March 2023
Jennifer Ward, Kennesaw State University
Readings: Ward (2020) Teaching is a Journey… & Ward & Damjanovic (2021) Exploring Playground Access…
Are you talking about Race? Navigating racial conversations in online mathematics methods courses
21 March 2023
Alesia Moldavan, Georgia Southern University; Monica Gonzalez, East Carolina University
Reading: Moldavan, Gonzalez, & Kaufman: Talking About Race…
When am I ever going to use this? Making Sense of Perceived Utility in Mathematics
14 March 2023
Tracy E. Dobie, University of Utah
Readings: Dobie, Carlsruh, Aina (2021) ; Dobie (2019)
Elementary Mathematical Writing: Current Research and Future Directions
21 February 2023
Erin Smith, R. Alex Smith, & Madeline Price, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Reading: Smith et al. Assessing future teachers’ mathematical writing & Powell et al. (2017) A synthesis of mathematics writing
Nature as Co-teacher and Co-researcher
14 February 2023
Katherine Baker, Elon University
Readings: Baker et al. (2021) ; Baker et al. (2022)
Racial and Mathematics Discourses in the Tapestry of Civic Engagement: Analysis of Public Comments at Creator ISD School Board Meetings
7 February 2023
Carlos Nicolas Gómez Marchant, Alexandra R. Aguilar, & Emma C. Gargroetzi, The University of Texas at Austin
Reading: Gómez Marchant, Aguilar, & Gargroetzi: Public Commentators’ Construction of a Mathematical Model of Equality…
Affect Graphing: Students’ Drawn Graphs as a Tool for understanding Affect and Experience
31 January 2023
V. Rani Satyam, Virginia Commonwealth University
Reading: Satyam et al (2022) Affect Graphing…
Prospective Elementary Teachers’ Evaluations of Written Student Work
24 January 2023
Julien Corven, Illinois State University
Reading: Corven (2023) Responsive Evaluation of Student Work

Invited Speaker Series – Spring 2022

The Mathematics Education Doctoral Seminar was held on selected Tuesdays from 4 – 5:15 pm. See the list of events below. Students enrolled in the doctoral seminar (MATH 830) read the attached articles in preparation for each speaker’s presentation and a follow-up discussion. Others were welcomed to attend and do the same.

Epistemologies of mental mathematics
25 January 2022
Jerome Proulx, Professor of mathematics education at the Université du Québec à Montréal
Reading: Proulx, J. (2019) JMB Mental mathematics under the lens
Philosophy of Mathematics: Objectivity, Conventionalism, and Abstraction
1 February 2022
Kirk McDermid, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Montclair State University
Reading: “Objectivity, Conventionalism, and Abstraction” [PDF]
Engaging Pre-Service Teachers in Geometry-Focused Ethnomodeling Explorations
8 February 2022
Siddhi Desai, Doctoral candidate in Mathematics Education at the University of Central Florida
Task: In the few days before this talk, as you go about your daily routine (ex. walk around campus, drive through your neighborhood, go to restaurants, etc.), pay attention to the structure of streets and signs, the interiors and exteriors of buildings, and where and how things are placed. Pay particular attention to any geometrical aspects, and when possible and it is safe to do so, take a picture of the geometry you notice. These will be used as resources for an interactive talk and discussion. Contribute your picture along with your noticings and wonderings to this slide deck if you wish.
The Desmos suite of software and curricular experiences in mathematics education
15 February 2022
Denis Sheeran, Clinical Specialist in Mathematics Education at Montclair State University and Doctoral candidate in Curriculum & Instruction at Kansas State University
Task and Readings: Read Ch 7 from Hacking Mathematics and Ch 1 (excerpt) from Instant Relevance, both by Denis. Then complete this “Graphing Stories” Desmos activity.
The mathematics of students with learning disabilities
22 February 2022
Jessica Hunt, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Special Education at NC State University
Reading: Hunt et al. (2020) Design, Development, and Initial Testing of Asset-Based Intervention Grounded in Trajectories of Student Fraction Learning [PDF]
Aesthetics and Affect in Mathematics Education
1 March 2022
Nathalie Sinclair, Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University and the Canada Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning
Reading: de Freitas & Sinclair (2014) Mapping the cultural formation of the mathematical aesthetic [PDF]
Studying mathematics learning through embodied interaction and the theory of ecological dynamics
22 March 2022
Dor Abrahamson, Professor of Cognition and Development at UC Berkeley
Reading: Abrahamson & Sánchez-García (2016) Learning is moving in new ways: The Ecological Dynamics of Mathematics Education
Creativity, Innovation, and Topology
29 March 2022
Iain Kerr, Co-Director of the MIX Lab and Instructor of Innovation Design at Montclair State University
Reading: Kerr & Frasca (21st century) Posts from the Emergent Futures Lab [PDF]
Democratizing access to powerful ideas through group-centered design
5 April 2022
Corey Brady, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at Vanderbilt
Reading: Brady (2020) BJET Patches as an expressive medium for exploratory multi-agent modelling
Concepts and processes in the theory of semiotic mediation
12 April 2022
Andrea Maffia, Researcher in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pavia, Italy
Reading: Maffia & Mariotti (2020) ESM From action to symbols
Math in the Making
19 April 2022
Amber Simpson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership at SUNY Binghamton University
Reading: Simpson & Kastberg (2022) Makers do Math! Legitimizing Informal Mathematical Practices Within Making Contexts
The social construction of learning disabilities in mathematics
26 April 2022
Einat Heyd-Metzuyanim, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and the Learning Sciences at The Technion – Israel’s Institute of Technology
Reading: Heyd-Metzuyanim (2013) The co-construction of learning difficulties and their role in the development of a disabled mathematical identity; The Development of Failure to Learn Mathematics ( FtLM ) [PDF]
Speculative design/futures thinking informed by mathematics learning and the negotiation of race, class, and gender
3 May 2022
Maisie Gholson, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Michigan
Reading: Gholson & Martin (2019) Blackgirl Face: racialized and gendered performativity in mathematical contexts
Viewing: Dr. Gholson’s “provocation” from PMENA 2019: “Get On Up from the Page – Black Girls in Math Ed Research.”
Embodied cognition and instructional design in math education and special education: The case of number
10 May 2022
Julie Nurnberger-Haag, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education and the Learning Sciences at Kent State University
Reading: Nurnberger-Haag (2018) Borrow, Trade, Regroup, or Unpack?
Materials to Bring: A piece of paper or placemat handy as well as at least 10 objects. These do not need to be a particular math manipulative, just nuts, candies, blocks, bingo chips, pieces of silverware… to have an embodied experience with moving things in particular ways when prompted.