Lessons Learned from a Large Curriculum Project: Mathematics INstruction using Decision Science and Engineering Tools (MINDSET)

Wednesday December 5, 2012 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Friday Institute, BB&T Room

Evaluation of curriculum has been written about in mathematics education literature for several years, but there is not as much research on the role of the teacher or the impact on teachers and students (other than achievement) in curriculum projects. Researchers at the Friday Institute have spent 4 years studying these areas and in this presentation. They will discuss some of their findings about teachers and students and how they are affected by their involvement in MINDSET.

Dr. Karen Keene is an assistant professor of mathematics education at North Carolina State University. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2006. She studies secondary mathematics teachers, looking at teachers’ mathematical knowledge and its relationship to good teaching. She is the co-Pi on the NSF DRK12 project MINDSET (Mathematics INstruction using Decision Science and Engineering Tools). Keene has also collaborated with faculty at Michigan State University that are seeking to understand and define mathematical knowledge necessary for teaching algebra (KAT) as well as designing and facilitating professional development for middle school and high school teachers for the PROM/SE (Promoting Rigorous Outcomes in Mathematics and Science Education) project. Keene taught high school in regular and specialized schools for 15 years and has extensive experience in professional development for high school teachers.

Richelle Dietz is a graduate student in mathematics education at NCSU under the direction of Dr. Karen Keene. Richelle has worked exclusively on the MINDSET project for the past five years. Her research interests include mathematics curriculum and student learning. Specifically, her dissertation research looks at what students notice (using a new theoretical framework) during class and how these factors influence student learning. Richelle earned her bachelors and masters from the University of Virginia and has several years experience teaching high school.

This event is an installment of the FI Seminar Series. The FI Seminar Series showcases innovative work from FI research and engagement teams, as well as that of our partners in the College of Education, throughout NC State University, and across the nation.  These seminars are an opportunity for informal presentation, discussion and engagement in our community, allowing us to  increase collaboration and advance our work by learning from colleagues and peers.  The FI Seminar Series is open to the public.