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UGA Department of Mathematics and Science Education Commitment to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Founded in 1965 on the beautiful Athens campus of the University of Georgia, the Department of Mathematics and Science Education has grown into a national research leader that combines the expertise of its internationally known faculty with the energy and innovation of its rising young scholars.
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The faculty’s influential research has included topics such as mathematics curricula, research in mathematics education, student learning, the history of mathematics curricula and education, emotional dimensions of school mathematics experiences, tools for interactive mathematical material, science teacher education, science curriculum development, socio-cultural-political factors that influence science teaching and learning, international science education, psychology of learning science and the use of technology in mathematics and science education.

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11/04/2020

Hey all, make sure you check out the Double Dawgs and Major Fairs coming up! We'll have programs featured.

Doctoral student Jenna Menke is looking to understand how prepared graduates of UGA's mathematics education program feel...
10/06/2020

Doctoral student Jenna Menke is looking to understand how prepared graduates of UGA's mathematics education program feel to teach upon graduation and what aspects of UGA's mathematics education program contribute to this preparedness.

If you graduated UGA's secondary mathematics education program between Spring 2015 and Spring 2018 and would like to participate, please watch the following 2-minute video, which explains what a Q sort is and how to complete it https://youtu.be/kswd0RFKlfI

Then you can go to the following link to complete the Q sort. The Q sort should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. https://application.qsortware.net/user/jennamenke/

Thank you for your participation!

Congratulations to Doctoral Student Biyao Liang and faculty member Kevin Moore on their new publication in MTL. They ext...
07/11/2020
Figurative and operative partitioning activity: students’ meanings for amounts of change in covarying quantities

Congratulations to Doctoral Student Biyao Liang and faculty member Kevin Moore on their new publication in MTL. They extend their recent work to explore a student's partitioning activity as it relates to their covariational reasoning. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10986065.2020.1789930

(2020). Figurative and operative partitioning activity: students’ meanings for amounts of change in covarying quantities. Mathematical Thinking and Learning. Ahead of Print.

Check out the June 2020 issue of Mathematics Teacher: Learning & Teaching PK–12! Dr. Allyson Hallman-Thrasher and Dr. De...
07/09/2020
Purposeful Questioning with High Cognitive–Demand Tasks

Check out the June 2020 issue of Mathematics Teacher: Learning & Teaching PK–12! Dr. Allyson Hallman-Thrasher and Dr. Denise A. Spangler discuss purposeful questioning in the context of high cognitive-demand tasks.

https://pubs.nctm.org/view/journals/mtlt/113/6/article-p446.xml

We share ideas for preparing for and enacting high-cognitive demand tasks in ways that support students in articulating and justifying their ideas. We offer strategies for developing and posing several types of purposeful questions: (1) eliciting thinking, (2) generating...

Congratulations to Carlos Nicolas Gomez and AnnaMarie Conner for their most recent publication in JRME, in which they ex...
07/07/2020
Impact of Cooney, Shealy, and Arvold’s (1998) Belief Structures: A Literature Review and Citation Analysis in: Journal for Research in Mathematics Education Volume 51 Issue 4 (2020)

Congratulations to Carlos Nicolas Gomez and AnnaMarie Conner for their most recent publication in JRME, in which they explore the influence of Cooney, Shealy, and Arvold's infamous Belief Structures work.

https://pubs.nctm.org/view/journals/jrme/51/4/article-p468.xml

Cooney, Shealy, and Arvold (1998) wrote a widely cited article describing the belief structures of prospective teachers and argued that the structures can aid in describing how beliefs change and the influence of authority on the individual. We investigate the impact of this manuscript on the field....

Check out the work Cammie O'Neill is leading with Surani Joshua, Yoon Hyunkyoung, Stacy Musgrave, Neil Hatfield, Kevin M...
06/04/2020
Study aims to enhance citizens’ understanding of COVID-19 data

Check out the work Cammie O'Neill is leading with Surani Joshua, Yoon Hyunkyoung, Stacy Musgrave, Neil Hatfield, Kevin Moore, James Drimalla, Min Sook Park, and Laura Valaas. Their Creating Opportunities for Visualization of Data project is looking at how to improve quantitative data representations of pandemic information.
https://coe.uga.edu/news/2020/06/study-aims-to-enhance-citizens-understanding-of-covid-19-data

Assistant professor Cameron Byerley and her research team are conducting interviews with U.S. and South Korean participants to gain insight about their understanding of mathematical models as the pandemic unfolds.

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Luft on being award the 2020 Distinguished Research Professor Award! Quite the honor!https:...
04/22/2020
Luft receives 2020 Distinguished Research Professor Award

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Luft on being award the 2020 Distinguished Research Professor Award! Quite the honor!

https://coe.uga.edu/news/2020/04/luft-receives-2020-distinguished-research-professor-award

During Honors Week, the title of Distinguished Research Professor is awarded to UGA faculty who are internationally recognized for their contributions to knowledge and whose work fosters continued creativity in their discipline.

04/17/2020

Congratulations to Dan Capps
on winning the University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education Ocie T. Dekle Excellence in Teaching Award!

FYI: Griffin Campus is hosting a Zoom information session Sunday, May 17th, 3pm to tell about the Griffin Campus graduat...
04/16/2020
Info Session on Math Ed and Special Ed graduate courses

FYI: Griffin Campus is hosting a Zoom information session Sunday, May 17th, 3pm to tell about the Griffin Campus graduate degrees in K-8 mathematics education and K-12 special education. Link to register is https://forms.gle/sB6jBGvLhrBzqTSp7 Zoom link will be sent to registrants by May 15th.

Submitting this form will register you for the online Zoom Informational Session scheduled Sunday, May 17th, 3 pm. You will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link provided. We look forward to meeting you. If you are unable to attend there is also an option to request additional information be...

04/15/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Amy Ellis on being awarded the
University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education Russell H. Yeany Jr. Research Award!

04/14/2020
Episode 2004: Jaime Diamond

With everyone burning through their podcasts, check out the "hot off the press" Math Ed Podcast featuring our very own Jaime Marie Diamond. She discusses a soon-to-be-published book chapter on transfer.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/mathed/episodes/2020-04-13T08_05_11-07_00

Jaime Diamond from the University of Georgia discusses her book chapter, "Teachers' beliefs about how to support students' transfer of learning," in the forthcoming Springer book Transfer of Learning: Progressive Perspectives from Mathematics Education and Related Fields (Eds. Hohensee & Lobato)...

04/14/2020

Hey UGA math ed graduates: Kelly Edenfield would love to compile some short 30 sec - 1 min clips about our program and / or how awesome it is to be a math teacher. If you are interested, send her (through email) a link to a video of what you'd be willing to have publicly shared.

With all of the graphical representations being used in media, the recent publication by Kevin Moore, Irma Stevens, Teo ...
04/13/2020
Pre-service teachers’ figurative and operative graphing actions

With all of the graphical representations being used in media, the recent publication by Kevin Moore, Irma Stevens, Teo Paoletti, Natalie Hobson, and Biyao Liang is timely. They explore students' graphing meanings with a focus on if those meanings foreground quantities and their covariation.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0732312318300269

We report on semi-structured clinical interviews to describe U.S. pre-service secondary mathematics teachers’ graphing meanings. Our primary goal is t…

Looking to take a more meaningful approach to teaching angle measure? Check out Hamilton Hardison and Hwa Young Lee's mo...
03/30/2020
Funky Protractors for Exploring Angle Measure in: Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12 Volume 113 Issue 3 (2020)

Looking to take a more meaningful approach to teaching angle measure? Check out Hamilton Hardison and Hwa Young Lee's most recent publication on "Funky Protractors", in which they identify how to engage students in critically considering the structure of angle measure and protractors.

https://pubs.nctm.org/view/journals/mtlt/113/3/article-p229.xml

In this article, we discuss funky protractor tasks, which we designed to provide opportunities for students to reason about protractors and angle measure. We address how we have implemented these tasks, as well as how students have engaged with them.

Looking for a Monday read? We suggest Dr. Amy Ellis and colleagues' recent JMB publication. They present the CAPS (Crite...
03/23/2020
Student thinking with examples: The criteria-affordances-purposes-strategies framework

Looking for a Monday read? We suggest Dr. Amy Ellis and colleagues' recent JMB publication. They present the CAPS (Criteria, Affordances, Purposes, and Strategies) Framework, a framework addressing students’ choices, uses, strategies, and affordances gained with examples.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0732312317300184

A persistent challenge in supporting students’ proof activity is fostering the transition from less formal, empirical arguments to formal deductive ar…

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03/19/2020
Free Online Mathematics Tutoring Request

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We are working to establish an online database of mathematics tutors to pair with students who need assistance during these weeks of remote learning. This is a free service, open to students and parents of all grades and locations. Anyone is welcome to be a part of the tutoring group and of the stud...

A lot of people are having cancelled conference presentations. It is disappointing to not give a conference presentation...
03/18/2020
How to Create an APA Style Reference for a Canceled Conference Presentation

A lot of people are having cancelled conference presentations. It is disappointing to not give a conference presentation, especially with the amount of time dedicated to the proposal. See the following as to how to still include a reference to it.

How to Create an APA Style Reference for a Canceled Conference Presentation: https://apastyle.apa.org/blog/canceled-conferences

To help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), officials have canceled many public events, including conferences and conventions. This has raised a question for researchers who were planning to present.

Looking for some reading material as you practice social distancing? Check out Dr. Cameron Byerley's most recent article...
03/17/2020
Calculus students’ fraction and measure schemes and implications for teaching rate of change functions conceptually

Looking for some reading material as you practice social distancing? Check out Dr. Cameron Byerley's most recent article published in JMB. She dives into calculus students' fraction and measure schemes with an eye toward their meanings for rate of change functions.

cc: Cammie O'Neill

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0732312318301226

This paper investigates the implications of three students’ fraction and measure schemes for their understanding of rate of change functions. Steffe a…

We hope everyone in our MSE community is staying safe and healthy. If you need UGA specific information, please navigate...
03/14/2020
Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources

We hope everyone in our MSE community is staying safe and healthy. If you need UGA specific information, please navigate to: https://www.uga.edu/coronavirus/info.php

To all of our MSE students, do not hesitate to reach out to your professors and supervisors with any concerns or questions.

And please see the CDC page for updated information regarding the virus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Information and Resources More information can be found at the following pages   03/13/2020 Health officials worldwide are closely monitoring the outbreak of illness caused by the newly identified coronavirus (COVID‑19). To date, there have been no cases of COVID‑19 rep...

You may have heard about the Mathematics Education STaR Program (https://amte.net/star). We've been fortunate to have se...
03/11/2020
AMTE STaR Program | AMTE

You may have heard about the Mathematics Education STaR Program (https://amte.net/star). We've been fortunate to have several UGA EMAT Faculty invited to be STaRs, and most recently our very own Dr. Jaime Diamond had an opportunity to reflect on her experiences (https://amte.net/connections/2019/11/star-program-fellows-reflections).

Supporting the Next Generation of Mathematics Teacher Educators The Service, Teaching and Research (STaR) Program is an induction program for early career mathematics educators working at institutions of higher education. The program was initiated through a grant from the National Science Foundation...

Today we are proud to report that we are now officially part of the Mary Frances Early College of Education! It's a prou...
02/26/2020
Mary Frances Early

Today we are proud to report that we are now officially part of the Mary Frances Early College of Education! It's a proud day to be a Dawg.

https://maryfrancesearly.coe.uga.edu/

An updated banner photo will come when we have some better lighting for a photo.

We are one week removed from the Mary Frances Early College of Education Research Conference. It is always inspiring to ...
02/14/2020

We are one week removed from the Mary Frances Early College of Education Research Conference. It is always inspiring to see the range and diversity of research across the College's many departments and programs.

This year was especially exciting as several MSE graduate students took home awards identifying the value of their work.

Claire Sarver and Jenna Menke won first place for their poster "Using collective argumentation to teach coding in elementary classrooms".

Ayca Fackler won second place for her poster "Learning that models are abstract: A description of the learning processes within synthesis modeling".

Kayla Flanagan won second place (and people's choice) for her 3-minute thesis "Measuring play in game-based learning environments".

Congratulations Claire, Jenna, Ayca, and Kayla! And thank you to everyone who shared their work.

Hey Mathematics Education Secondary Program Alumni, what are you doing April 17th? You're coming to our Alumni Get-Toget...
02/12/2020
2020 Alumni Get Together

Hey Mathematics Education Secondary Program Alumni, what are you doing April 17th? You're coming to our Alumni Get-Together in Downtown Athens at Ted's Most Best! We will be gathering from around 5-9PM, so feel free to come in-and-out or make a night of it. If you can or cannot come, please fill out the following RSVP. And share with all of your fellow graduates (we don't have everyone's email address).

https://forms.gle/ESxuiJJVb3F5DfM6A

Please answer the following.

Transfer is a critical phenomena in our lives, and this is especially true in the classroom. Be sure to check out Dr. Ja...
02/11/2020
Teachers’ beliefs about students’ transfer of learning

Transfer is a critical phenomena in our lives, and this is especially true in the classroom. Be sure to check out Dr. Jaime Marie Diamond's latest article if you want to know more about teachers' beliefs about students' transfer of learning.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10857-018-9400-z

The idea that formal learning generalizes, or is transferred, beyond the conditions of initial learning serves as a basis for our educational system. That is, educators hope students will use the learning that develops in the classroom to productively reason about situations they have yet to encount...

Congratulations to Zandra de Araujo on winning the 2020 Early Career Award from AMTE, which will be honored during this ...
02/06/2020
2020 Early Career Award Recipient - Zandra de Araujo | AMTE

Congratulations to Zandra de Araujo on winning the 2020 Early Career Award from AMTE, which will be honored during this week's conference. From those of us that can't be there, we are applauding you from Athens, GA!

https://amte.net/award/early-career/2020-de-araujo

2020 Early Career Award Recipient Zandra de Araujo University of Missouri Associate Professor Biography Zandra de Araujo is a teacher, researcher, and life-long learner. Her experiences as a high school mathematics teacher and a community college instructor along with her background as a first gener...

Check out Dean Denise Spangler with the Thai International School!
02/04/2020

Check out Dean Denise Spangler with the Thai International School!

TIS teachers had a fantastic Professional Development Seminar with the TIS Honorary Board Member, Dr. Spangler. Teachers learned about advanced teaching techniques for math and reflected on their own teaching practices. TIS students can expect new and exciting math lessons!

คุณครูทุกคนที่โรงเรียนไทยอินเตอร์เนชั่นแนลสกูล (TIS) มีการพัฒนาทักษะการสอนให้ดีเยี่ยมที่สุดอยู่ตลอดเวลา ครั้งนี้มี Prof. Denise A. Spangler ที่ปรึกษากิตติมศักดิ์ทางการศึกษาของโรงเรียนมาเป็นวิทยากรในการสัมมนา แนะนำให้ความรู้เกี่ยวกับเทคนิคการสอนขั้นสูงสำหรับคณิตศาสตร์ ผลของการสัมมนานี้จะนำไปสู่การสอนและการให้ความรู้กับเด็กนักเรียนของโรงเรียนไทยอินเตอร์เนชั่นแนลสกูลต่อไป

หัวข้อการสัมมนา Professional Development : Teaching Mathematics for Conceptual Understanding
โดย Prof. Denise A. Spangler (Ph.D.)
Professor of Mathematics Education, Dean of College of Education, University of Georgia

Interested in understanding important differences in students' graphing meanings? Check out one of the latest JMB articl...
02/04/2020
Pre-service teachers’ figurative and operative graphing actions

Interested in understanding important differences in students' graphing meanings? Check out one of the latest JMB articles by Kevin Moore, Irma Stevens, Teo Paoletti, Natalie Hobson, and Biyao Liang, and then ask yourself: Are my students focused on how a graph looks, or the relationship it represents?

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0732312318300269

We report on semi-structured clinical interviews to describe U.S. pre-service secondary mathematics teachers’ graphing meanings. Our primary goal is t…

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Dorothy Y. White's AMTE Advocacy Award Talk is Saturday, February 13, at 11 AM. Check the AMTE website for more details! Congratulations to Dorothy for this award!
MESA is hosting a virtual panel on teaching mathematics during COVID-19. Anyone is welcome to join! Register (for FREE) at https://forms.gle/SyfvtwuWD834Z7YZ8
Dacula High School has an IMMEDIATE opening for a mathematics teacher. This is a growth position! Contact mathematics education graduate Amy Benson if interested.
Hey y’all! If anyone is looking for a high school math teaching opportunity, I’ve got one for you! GREAT school (Nolensville HS in Tennessee) with Williamson county school district. We’re only in our 4th year open as a brand new school so needing a growth position that I believe will be geometry and pre calc.
Hey y’all! If anyone is looking to move to Nashville to teach math at a GREAT high school that’s only 4 years old, we’re looking for a growth position. Pretty sure it would be to teach geometry and precalc! The school is Nolensville High School in Williamson County School system.
Calling all the Dawgs at NCTM in DC! We would love to meet up, catch up, and drink up with you Thursday evening at the bar in the Marriott Marquis. We will gather beginning around 5:30. Come join us! We looking forward to another gathering of the Georgia Mafia and celebrating the latest great accomplishments of our alumni. Go Dawgs!
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