Research: Mathematics Education

Mathematics education research faculty and their students are interested in investigating and analyzing the actions of people and the contents of their minds in relationship to the task of learning and understanding mathematics or to crafting new or alternative approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics. The value of the successful mathematics educator to the mathematical community is that new understanding and insights about how people learn and teach mathematics and about how to increase the effectiveness of learning mathematics among mathematical learners is added to the body of mathematics educational knowledge.
 Research Interests
Douglas B. Aichele
B.A./M.A., University of Missouri/Columbia; Ed.D., University of Missouri/Columbia, 1969. He is interested generally in issues and trends related to collegiate and school mathematics education. More specifically, curriculum and teacher preparation/professional development, mathematics and science connections, entry-level mathematics curriculum and pedagogy, mathematical structures (geometric and quantitative) for prospective elementary teachers, school geometry curriculum and pedagogy.

James Choike
Full Professor
B.S., University of Detroit; M.S., Purdue University; Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1970.  His mathematical research interests are topics in complex analysis, especially the behavior of functions near singularities.  His work in mathematics education is focused on issues of effective strategies for teaching students connected with how students learn mathematics, curriculum development in mathematics at grades 6 – 16, issues of instructional design for technology-enhanced distance learning systems, and the design and delivery of professional development materials to mathematics teachers of grades 6 – 12, including AP Calculus.
Benny Evans
Full Professor
B.S., OSU; M.A./Ph.D., Michigan, 1971. Low-dimensional topology, mathematics education.
Lisa Mantini
Full Professor
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, A.M./Ph.D. Harvard University, 1983. Dr. Mantini's research interests include groups, their actions as symmetries (of a shape in space, of the state space for a vibrating molecule or for the solutions to Maxwell's equations), and the matrix representations of these actions.  Lately she has become an origami enthusiast and is studying symmetric colorations of regular polyhedra and the corresponding representations of their symmetry groups.  Dr. Mantini's interests in mathematics education include the teaching and learning of collegiate mathematics, from studying what professors actually do in the college math classroom, to how we assess student work, to how students learn to read and write proofs. Lately her work has focused on the role of collaborative learning in the teaching of calculus.