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Melhuish, Kate

Contact Information
Kate Melhuish, PhD.
Assistant Professor

Curriculum vitae

Office: MCS 457
Phone: 512.245.9969
Research Interest
Student Understanding in Advanced Mathematics; Supporting Teachers in Promoting High Level Reasoning in their Classrooms

Dr. Kate Melhuish received her PhD in mathematics education from Portland State University in 2015. She also has a BS and MS in mathematics. After completing her PhD, Dr. Melhuish spent a year working a postdoctoral research fellow for Teachers Development Group. Her research interests focus on two primary areas: student understanding and activity in advanced mathematics, and supporting teachers in promoting high-level reasoning in their classrooms. Dr. Melhuish is currently co-PI on a DRK-12 grant looking at the efficacy of a sustained PD model at the 3rd-5th grade level. Her secondary project is the development of models of student thinking in abstract algebra and design and maintenance of the Group Theory Concept Assessment, a measure meant to reflect student thinking in this area.

Selected Publications:

  • Melhuish, K. (Accepted) Conceptual replication studies in Group Theory Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.
  • Melhuish, K. & Thanheiser, E. (Accepted) Replication studies: What are they? When should they be enacted? Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.
  • Melhuish, K. &,Thanhesier, E. (2017). Using formative evaluation to support teachers in in- creasing student reasoning. Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education. National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.
  • Fasteen, J., Melhuish, K., & Thanheiser, E. (2015). Multiplication by 10five: Making sense of place value structure through an alternate base. Mathematics Teacher Educator.
  • Larsen, S., Glover, E. & Melhuish, K. (2015). Beyond good teaching: The benefits and challenges of implementing ambitious teaching. In D. Bressoud, V. Mesa, & C. Rasmussen (Eds.) Insights and Recommendations from the MAA National Study of College Calculus. Mathematical Association of America.

Current Projects/Grants:

  • Enhancing Mathematics Teaching and Learning in Urban Elementary Schools: A Cluster-Randomized Efficacy Trial of a Novel Professional Development Approach, $2,488,354.00. Kate Melhuish, Co- Principal Investigator. Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12), National Science Foundation DRL-1223074, 2012-current.

  • Scaling Up Research in Advanced Undergraduate Mathematics Education, $8,000. Kate Melhuish, Principal Investigator, Research Enhancement Program, Texas State University, 2016-current.

  • Group Theory Concept Assessment.