Profile: Carolyn A. Maher | Graduate School of Education

Profile: Carolyn A. Maher

Distinguished Professor; Director, Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning; Editor, The Journal of Mathematical Behavior

Faculty

My early years of teaching as a secondary and college mathematics teacher provided me with a strong foundation for gaining insights into student learning mathematics and the conditions that are required for students’ to build durable understanding of mathematical ideas and ways of reasoning. From this experience, I learned that, under certain conditions, students could build powerful mathematical ideas, enjoy doing mathematics, and engage in productive arguments that lead to constructing “proof like” justifications for their solutions. My teaching, research and service are intertwined. For both graduate courses in mathematics education and related work with schools as service to the community. Video data from over 25 years of research has produced a unique collection of videos of students doing mathematics that are accessed through the Video Mosaic Collaborative (VMC: www.videomosaic.org). These videos are used for ongoing research on student learning mathematics and for study in teacher education.

Updated vita (as of 12/09/15) is posted below under Files. 

Professional Affiliations:

Psychology of Mathematics Education
Psychology of Mathematics Education - North America
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Recent Grants:

BCC: Collaborative Research: Community Building for Research on Mathematics Learning Using Data-Intensive Sources (2014-2016), award DGE-1439570 funded by the National Science Foundation, $604,661 (with M. F. Palius).

Leveraging existing technologies to build mathematical reasoning and content knowledge of pre-service teachers in an online environment (2013-2014), award from the Goal Advancement Program (GAP), funded by Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, $8,000 (with R. Sigley (PI) and M. Alqahtani)

Collaborative Research: R&D: Cyber-Enabled Design Research to Enhance Teachers' Critical Thinking Using a Major Video Collection on Children's Mathematical Reasoning (2013-2014), Supplemental award DRL-0822204, funded by the National Science Foundation, $198,982

Exploring the use of an available video archive to support learning about child development (2012-2013), award from the Goal Advancement Program (GAP), funded by Rutgers University Graduate School of Education, $7,600 (with S. Golbeck (PI) and C. E. Hmelo-Silver).

EXP: Constructing Multimedia Artifacts Using a Video Repository (2012-2015), award IIS-1217087 funded by the National Science Foundation, $549,917 (with C. E. Hmelo-Silver, G. Agnew, and S. Golbeck).
Evaluation of K-8 Mathematics Curriculum for Pelham Schools (2012), contract funded by Pelham Union Free School District, $18,000 (with A. S. Alston and M. F. Palius).
Research Experience for Undergraduates – Supplemental funding (2010-2012) to award DRL-0822204 funded by the National Science Foundation, $38,750 (with C. E. Hmelo-Silver, and M. F. Palius).
NJ Partnership for Excellence in Middle School Mathematics, (2009-2014), award DUE-0934079 funded by the National Science Foundation, $5,000,000 (with A. Cohen (PI), J. W. Bennett, J. Coleman, and R. M. Beals).
Cyber-Enabled Design Research to Enhance Teachers’ Critical Thinking Using a Major Video Collection, (2008-2012), award DRL-0822204 funded by the National Science Foundation, $2,132,621 (with G. Agnew, C. E. Hmelo-Silver, and M. F. Palius). Collaborative research with separate grant award of $866,955 to the University of Wisconsin at Madison (S. J. Derry).

 

  • Departments

    Department of Learning & Teaching

  • Associated Programs

    Ph.D. LCID Specialization in Mathematics Education

    Mathematics Education

  • Education

    Ed.D., October 1972, Rutgers University. Major: Mathematics Education; Minor: Statistics.
    M.Ed., October 1965, Rutgers University. Major: Mathematics Education.
    B.A., January 1962, Rutgers University. Major: Mathematics; Minors: Science and German.

  • Publications

    For a list of publications (including downloads), please visit http://www.rbdil.org/maherpublications.html

  • Research Initiatives

    My research focuses on the development of mathematical ideas and mathematical reasoning in learners over time, and more recently, to teachers’ attention to students’ reasoning. Currently, I am a PI on a four-year collaborative research grant from the NSF, Cyber-Enabled Design Research to Enhance Teachers’ Critical Thinking Using a Major Video Collection, in which they are focusing on teacher education and how studying video episodes of children’s learning from prior research potentially can improve teachers’ abilities to reason mathematically. I am a Co-PI on two other NSF funded projects: NJ Partnership for Excellence in Middle School Mathematics and EXP: Constructing Multimedia Artifacts using a Video Repository. Interested in newly available tools (e.g. VMCAnalytic) and using them as an assessment tool for learning and making available the 4,000 hour of video data in the RBDIL video collection for research and teacher education purposes.

    http://www.videomosaic.org
    http://www.rbdil.org

  • Awards

     

    Distinguished Faculty Award, Graduate School of Education Alumni Association, Rutgers University (2010).

    Faculty Achievement Award for Service, Alumni Association, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University (2005, 1990).

    Faculty Achievement Award for Research, Alumni Association, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University (2003, 1994).

      Excellence in Teaching, Warren I. Susman Award, Rutgers University (1992).

  • Expertise

    Mathematics
    Learning Cognition and Development
    Learning Sciences
    Cyber Enabled Research
    Statistics Education

  • Files

 

  • 848-932-0802
  • carolyn.maher@gse.rutgers.edu
  • 10 Seminary Place
    Room 231
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  • By appointment