COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Thirty-Fifth Annual T.G. Ostrom Lecture

Dr. Kathleen Heid

"What does it really mean to understand (or not understand) mathematics"

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
7:00pm in CUE 203

Please join us for an informative discussion by this year's invited guest lecturer Kathleen Heid, Distinguished Professor of Education and Professor of Mathematics Education.


Everybody has opinions about mathematics and how it is learned. What are some of the myths about how mathematics is learned? How do people understand--and misunderstand mathematics? What are some of the theories that explain how mathematics is learned? This session will discuss some of the research in mathematics education that has uncovered ways that people understand and misunderstand mathematics.


A reception with refreshments will immediately follow in CUE 518.

About Dr. Heid:

Dr. Heid is co-PI of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, one of the first Centers for Learning and Teaching funded by the National Science Foundation. Dr. Heid has served on the Board of Governors for the Mathematical Association of America and on the Board of Directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She was co-director, with Dr. Rose Mary Zbiek, of the NSF-funded CAS-Intensive Mathematics curriculum project. She coedited, with Dr. Glendon Blume, internationally authored volumes on Research on Technology and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics. From 2009 to 2012 she served as Editor for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, the flagship research journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Dr. Heid's research interests center on the mathematical understandings needed by secondary mathematics teachers, on mathematical thinking, on the impact of technology on the teaching and learning of mathematics, and on the creation and investigation of technology-intensive mathematics curricula.

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