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Are you a math person?

Talk to education researcher Jere Confrey and you realize that's not really the right question. Everyone can find a way in to mathematics

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An understanding of mathematics is more and more important in today's world.


March 13, 2015

Although it may be culturally acceptable for Americans to say that they just aren't math people, it's really not true, and it can encourage a feeling of powerlessness.

Instead, mathematics education researcher Jere Confrey suggests people can be taught mathematics in a way that takes advantage of the different aspects and representations of math and helps them find their way in to understanding the subject.

We had an opportunity to talk with Confrey, who is Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor in the College of Education at NC State University. She has received NSF support over the years for her research. In the accompanying video, she addresses some of the reasons people struggle with math, and looks ahead to the use of digital tools and resources to transform mathematics education.

--  Maria C. Zacharias, (703) 292-8454 mzachari@nsf.gov

Investigators
Jere Confrey
Alan Maloney
Lawrence Berger
Mark Wilson
Jill Marshall

Related Institutions/Organizations
Washington University
University of Texas at Austin
North Carolina State University
Cornell Univ - State: AWDS MADE PRIOR MAY 2010
Quest Mathematics and Science Multimedia Incorporated

Locations
Austin , Texas
Ithaca , New York
Raleigh , North Carolina
St. Louis , Missouri

Related Programs
Discovery Research K-12

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#9896126 ALGEBRA BY DESIGN
#9705623 Building Multimedia Pre-calculus
#0635489 Synthesizing Rational Number Reasoning for Urban Schools
#0758151 Synthesizing Rational Number Reasoning for Urban Schools
#0531120 Promoting Understanding of Trigonometry for Technologically-Reliant Trajectories
#9816023 Proposal for a Systemic Research and Design Center in Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education
#0733272 Diagnostic E-Learning Trajectories Approach (DELTA) Applied to Rational Number Reasoning for Grades 3-8
#9053590 Splitting, Similarity and Rate of Change: New Approaches to Multiplication and Exponential Functions
#1118858 Completing, Validating, and Linking Learning Trajectories for K-8 Rational Number Reasoning Tied to the Common Core Standards
#8652160 Exploratory Research on Student Understanding of ExponentialFunctions: Instruction Using Multiple-Representational Systems
#0122038 Developing a Coherent View of Models of Research-based Urban Systemic Reform in Science and Mathematics Education using Technology: An invitational working meeting

Years Research Conducted
1991 - 2016

Total Grants
$9,372,768