Texas State University at PME-NA
Texas State University graduate students, past graduate students, and current faculty recently returned from the annual Psychology of Mathematics Education-North America (PME-NA) conference in Indianapolis, Indiana (http://www.pmena.org/). This conference brings together researchers from the North American Chapter (of the wider PME International Group, which also hosts a yearly conference) and rotates through sites in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. PME-NA emphasizes research at the intersection of mathematics, education, and psychology.
PME-NA is known to be a welcoming conference for graduate students and three of our Ph.D. students had papers presented this year; two as members of a cross-institutional research team led locally by a Texas State University faculty member and one showcasing his own dissertation-related work. At least four past graduate students also attended, representing their new universities while maintaining research ties to projects begun at Texas State University, along with seven current Texas State faculty. In total, there were 11 papers with links to Texas State University graduate students and faculty.
Paper topics from Texas State University included: in-depth teaching experiments and cognitive analyses of students’ ideas about the coordinate plane, circles, and angle measurement; large-scale quantitative data as well as case studies related to a professional development project for practicing mathematics teachers; a project detailing preservice teachers’ growing understanding of children’s productive struggles with mathematical ideas; work on developing and using integrated science tasks in Calculus I courses at the undergraduate level; and research on preservice teachers’ statistics and probability knowledge in a technology-rich learning environment.
The list of Texas State presentations/presenters includes:
STUDENTS’ ENGAGEMENT WITH THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING INTEGRATED CALCULUS TASKS-- Enes Akbuga
PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS’ DEVELOPMENT OF STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY KNOWLEDGE IN A TECHNOLOGICAL COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT-- Muteb Alqahtani, & Robert Sigley
BUY-INTO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH CLASSROOM HABITS AND PRACTICES-- Joshua Fagan, Kathleen Melhuish, Eva Thanheiser, Jodi Fasteen, Layla Guyot, Brenda Lynn Rosencrans
PARTICIPATION IN A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: A LONGITUDINAL LARGE-SCALE STUDY
BERTIN’S RIGHT (ABOUT) ANGLE MEASURE: WE DON’T NEED TO BASE DEGREES ON 360-- Hamilton Hardison
LYDIA'S CIRCLE CONCEPT: THE INTERSECTION OF FIGURATIVE THOUGHT AND COVARIATIONAL REASONING-- Hamilton Hardison, Irma Stevens, Hwa Young Lee, Kevin Moore
THE MIDDLE GRADES SETS INSTRUMENT: PSYCHOMETRIC COMPARISON OF MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL PRE-SERVICE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS-- Leigh M. Harrell-Williams, Jennifer N. Lovett, Rebecca Pierce, Lawrence Mark Lesser, & M. Alejandra Sorto
REASONING WITHIN QUANTITATIVE FRAMES OF REFERENCE AND GRAPHING: THE CASE OF LYDIA-- Hwa Young Lee, Halil Ibrahim Tasova, & Kevin Moore
MOTIVATING THE CARTESIAN PLANE: USING ONE POINT TO REPRESENT TWO POINTS-- Hwa Young Lee, & Hamilton Hardison
INCREASING STUDENT COGNITIVE ENGAGEMENT IN THE MATH CLASSROOM THROUGH SUSTAINED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT-- Eva Thanheiser, Brenda Lynn Rosencrans, Kathleen Melhuish, Joshua Fagan, & Layla Guyot
DEVELOPING PRESERVICE TEACHERS' UNDERSTANDING OF PRODUCTIVE STRUGGLE-- Hiroko Warshauer, Christine Herrera, Christina Starkey, & Shawnda Smith