COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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Mathematics Colloquium: AWM: Reflecting on teaching mathematics at the university level: Collaborative work with mathematicians


4:10pm -- SPARK 327

Sepideh Stewart

University of Oklahoma

Collaboration between mathematicians and mathematics educators has been a topic of interest in literature for some time. In this talk, I will summarize over a decade of collaboration with mathematicians as they reflected on teaching at the university level. Some examples of my collaborative work with mathematicians while teaching subjects such as linear algebra, abstract algebra, and algebraic topology will be presented. The mathematicians’ dual role as mathematics teachers and education researchers placed them in a unique position of involvement in every aspect of the research, including analyzing the results, writing manuscripts, and sometimes presenting at conferences. The studies are mainly based on Tall’s (2013) theoretical framework of embodied, symbolic and formal worlds of mathematical thinking. Although the mathematics education theories and their communicating and explanatory capabilities strengthened these studies, more work on evolving them is needed to capture the complexities of these collaborative studies.