On Wednesday, October 26, a group of Mathematics Secondary Education and Mathematics Teaching students gave talks on their research projects. This research was done in collaboration with current and former faculty TCNJ faculty members. Research is an important aspect of the department’s mission, and we applaud both the students and faculty for their fine work.
The talks were as follows:
Promoting Mathematical Connections Using 3D Manipulatives
Siddhi Desai ’17 – Mathematics Secondary Education major – Summer 2015 with Dr. Safi
Teachers are encouraged to engage students in mathematical thinking, reasoning, and sense making (NCTM 2014). I will discuss our findings from a classroom study involving students connecting algebraic and geometric ideas using multiple representations through the purposeful use of 2- and 3-dimensional manipulatives.
Investigating the Support of Students with Language Difficulties in Urban, STEM Classrooms
Kayla Begen ’17 – Mathematics Secondary Education major – Fall 2016 with Dr. LiebarsResearch shows that many students with language barriers are “out before the game begins” when it comes to being successful STEM students. The purpose of this research is to investigate how teachers in urban schools support students with language difficulties in STEM classrooms. I will discuss the literature on teaching and learning with language difficulties and how we plan to conduct our study.
Characteristics of a High-Quality Math Teacher as Defined by Preservice Secondary Math Ed Majors
Sarah Clooney ’17 – Math Secondary Ed major – Fall 2016 with Dr. Cunningham
As preservice teachers refine their perspectives on mathematics teaching through their preparation programs, they must be put on a proper teacher trajectory. Through studying junior level classes and inservice teachers, a comparison was completed to see the perspectives of these groups for what they think high-quality mathematics instruction is and how we may help our preservice teachers develop into high-quality teachers.
Trends in Technology Use in K-12 Mathematics Classrooms
Melissa Meddleton ’18 – Elementary Ed and Math major
Teagan Nurnburger ’18 – Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Math major
Siddhi Desai ’17 – Mathematics Secondary Ed major – Spring-Fall 2016 with Dr. Vandersandt
Research comparing professional development teachers receive on the use of technology and its implementations in classroom is limited. Because of this, we were motivated to conduct a study involving K-12 teachers’ use of instructional, software, assistive, and teaching preparation related technologies. We will discuss our findings.