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January 28th

Math East 143


Speaker: John Dossey, former Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics at Illinois State University, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 1986-1988, and Chair of the Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences from 1996-1998.

Title: Large Scale International Studies of Mathematics Ability:  What Does the Recent Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies 2012 (PIAAC-2012) Tell Us?

Abstract: This year and next see the results of several national and international studies of mathematics, mathematical literacy, problem solving, and beliefs about mathematics being released.  These studies (TIMSS, PISA, PIAAC, and NAEP) are well-planned statistical studies of learners’ knowledge of basic content and the ability to apply that content in relevant settings.  While one can take exception with some aspects of the studies, the design of these studies provide a look into what students have learned, the degree to which they have mastered that material, how they characterize their relationship with mathematics, and how they approach and solve problems.

In this talk, the focus will be on PIAAC 2012, an assessment carried out by the Education Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2012.  This study examined reading in the subjects’ mother tongues and mathematical literacy.  The findings are based on the results drawn from the performances of 157,000 people in 20 countries who participated in the stratified random sample designed study.  The subjects ranged in age from 16 to 65 years of age and provide a picture of the residue of schooling and life experiences has on the subjects’ capabilities to approach and solve mathematical problems and apply mathematical concepts.  Specific examples of items from the assessment will be analyzed and related to the overall assessment results and to results related to sub-areas of mathematical literacy.



February 4th

Math East 143

Reading Group:
We will discuss the paper Addressing Common Student Errors With Classroom
Voting in Multivariable Calculus by K. Cline et al. found at:

February 11th

Math East 143


Speaker: Susan Durst, Visiting Faculty, UA

Title: Building Bridges to Beauty: designing enrichment classes for high school students

Abstract:  Enrichment programs for mathematically talented students are unique, dynamic learning environments, with their own set of challenges.  The students are highly motivated, curious, and quick to learn.  However, they have few of the traditional prerequisites that we think of as essential for the pursuit of higher mathematics.  In this talk I will discuss strategies for designing enrichment courses for talented young mathematicians, drawing on my experiences at Canada/USA Mathcamp.




February 25th

Math East 143


Speaker: Jason Aubrey, Visiting Faculty, UA

Title: Student Perceptions and Performance in a 'Flipped' Classroom.

Abstract:  In 2011 the University of Missouri began offering substantial internal funding for efforts to 'redesign' large service courses.  In this talk, I will describe the project I lead to redesign the course "Math 1300: Finite Mathematics" at MU.  I will also discuss the results of a study we conducted during the pilot phase to assess student satisfaction with the redesigned sections and compare student performance between the pilot and non-pilot sections.


March 11th

Math East 143

Reading Group:

We will discuss the paper: Generating multiple

answers for a word problem with insufficient information by S. Kinda:


March 25th

Math East 143

Reading Group:

We will discuss the article "Will massive open online

courses change how we teach?" by F. G. Martin:


April 1st

Math East 143

Reading Group:

We will discuss the paper: Transitions from Live to

Online Teaching by E. Fernández


April 8th

Math East 143


Reading Group:
We will discuss the paper: ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO
READ MATHEMATICS by Mary D. Shepherd:

April 15th 

Math East 143

Speaker: Erin Williams, Instructor, UA

Title: Development of Online Math 116

Abstract:  Over the past year an online version of the in-person Math 116 (Business Calculus)

course has been under development.  This will initially run during Summer I & II.

In this talk, we will first discuss how the typical Math 116 course is structured

and then go on to detail how that structure will be modified and what other changes

will need to be made to suit an online section of the course.



April 22th

Math East 143

Speaker: Cody Patterson, Faculty, UA

Title: Three Dimensions of Course Design for Preservice Secondary Teachers
Abstract: In mathematics content courses for preservice secondary 

teachers, we aim to achieve three goals: build deep understanding of

mathematical concepts that are central to grades K-12, develop awareness

of connections among different mathematical ideas and perspective on the

subject of mathematics as a whole, and stretch students' problem-solving

skills by applying ideas from K-12 mathematics to rich, challenging

problems.  In this talk, I will present some examples of how this

philosophy guided my design of Math 407, a capstone mathematics course

for preservice secondary teachers. I will present some activities in

which I use topics and problems from K-12 mathematics to spark the

development of stronger understanding and problem-solving skills and

develop preservice teachers' identity as mathematicians.