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STEM Education PhD Courses

These are the Mathematics Education Ph.D. courses. For information about when a particular course might be offered, please contact the Department of STEM Education & Teacher Development. 

MTE 615 Interdisciplinary Colloquium Series in STEM Education I

Presentations made in the Kaput Center's Interdisciplinary Colloquium Series provide a wide variety of perspectives on foundational issues in educational research. Over the course of one year a coherent synthesis of the themes presented in these talks and the related scholarly work of each speaker will be developed.

MTE 650 Introduction to Qualitative Methods

This course examines qualitative research methods applied to mathematics education research. In particular, students will learn about qualitative research design, including techniques for collecting and analyzing qualitative data. The course will draw on exemplary research, primarily in mathematics education, and will involve students in the process of conducting qualitative research. Student projects will include the development of a researchable topic in mathematics education, selection and implementation of an appropriate qualitative research design, and analysis and interpretation of data. Results of the project will be written in APA format and presented orally in class or in other venues.

MTE 651 Intro to Quantitative Methods

Integrates research design, data collection, interpretation and analysis and APA format report writing across the main paradigms of education research. Understand how to collect data to answer or address a specific hypothesis, reduce data into usable constructs, and model large data sets. The course includes the use of the SPSS statistical software to explore methods for univariate parametric and some non-parametric models. The course contains a strong experimental component to prepare students for thesis writing. The primary focus is to understand which statistical methods are necessary to model data, how to visualize data easily using modern software, and most importantly how to interpret data to further research.

MTE 652 Introduction to Mathematics Education Research

This course will introduce students to fundamental problems pertaining to mathematics education that have been instrumental to constitute and define it as a research field The students will be introduced to important ideas in the field and why these ideas are significant in defining the activity of research in mathematics education. The study of how these theoretical and pragmatic problems have been approached by a community of researchers, will help the students to understand, in broad terms, the nature of research in the field and, at the same time, offer a panorama of new areas of inquiry that are being transformed presently, into research programs.

MTE 653 Theories of Mathematical Learning

This course will examine contemporary theories of learning psychologies and their applications to research in mathematics education. It is intended to help students understand ways of knowing and how this drives research and will critically examine the literature regarding the role and plurality of theories in mathematics education. Particular attention will be given to understanding the nature of research paradigms and types of research frameworks, enabling students to situate their research in relevant frameworks, and understanding the implications of theoretical frameworks for research design. Students will apply their learning through the design of a researchable topic, situated in an appropriate theory of learning, and the subsequent development of a sample proposal for research funding.

MTE 654 Research Seminar

This is a capstone course designed to synthesize critical research processes, theories of learning, and current research themes in mathematics education to which the student is introduced to in their first year. From this synthesis, students are expected to select and refine a topic for their pilot study to be conducted during the introductory and preparatory phases of the doctoral program (Years 1 and 2).

MTE 655 Developing Research Skills Part I

This course will focus on building the skill set necessary to conduct research, including the exploration, analysis, synthesis, and writing skills critical to the research process. It will also address ethics of research, including issues associated with research on human subjects. As part of the course, students will be expected to identify a problem for which they will conduct a pilot study during the Introductory and Preparatory phases of the program (Years 1 and 2). The pilot study will culminate in the qualifying examination at the end of the Preparatory Phase. The design of the pilot study is expected to synthesize other relevant coursework during the Introductory Phase regarding appropriate research methods, theories of learning, and so forth. As part of the course, students will be introduced to funding resources and will write a sample grant proposal for their pilot study.

MTE 656 Interdisciplinary Colloquium Series

Presentations made in the Kaput Center's Interdisciplinary Colloquium Series provide a wide variety of perspectives on foundational issues in educational research. Over the course of one year a coherent synthesis of the themes presented in these talks and the related scholarly work of each speaker will be developed.

MTE 661 Research on Mathematics Teacher Education Part I

Introduces students to research on pre-service and in-service teacher learning and teacher education. It includes a critical examination of the research base concerning contemporary learning theories and applications to teacher learning, effective forms of teacher professional development, and assessments of teacher knowledge. Students will critique competitive grants funding teacher education research to develop grant-writing skills.

MTE 662 Research on Mathematics Teacher Education Part 2

Extends MTE 661 in a critical examination of research in mathematics teacher education, including applications of contemporary learning theories to teacher learning and analyses of research-based findings for what constitutes effective teacher education. Develops research skills through design and review of mock research grant proposals in teacher education.

MTE 663 Developing & Implementing STEM Curricula

This course focuses on analyzing grades K-16 curriculum, intentions for students' learning outcomes, associated pedagogical styles and integration. Students will examine existing reform and basal curricula texts, and the development of new activities and activity structures that replace or transform existing texts. Students will also be introduced to issues related to curriculum implementation including fidelity issues and hidden agendas.

MTE 666 Frameworks for Research Analysis

Focus on a specific set of research tools relevant to the study of mathematical reasoning in a variety of contexts. Frameworks include the analysis of mathematical discourse, gesture, flow of interaction, through micro-analytic video analysis and learning outcomes such as pre-post tests of content. Attention will be spent connecting research methods to theoretical frameworks and practical outcomes of analysis.

MTE 667 Research in Elementary Grades Mathematics

Critically examines current research in elementary grades mathematics. It includes a study of critical research in the field, research designs framing this work, and relevant theories of learning and their applications in the research base. The course overviews significant areas of research and connections to current educational reforms. Students will conduct original research on teaching or learning elementary grades mathematics.

MTE 669 Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education

Critically examines research in undergraduate mathematics education, including the nature of advanced mathematical thinking, theories of learning associated with advanced mathematical thinking, and research on issues of teaching unique to advanced mathematical thinking. Reviews relevant reform documents and policy initiatives in undergraduate mathematics education to analyze their alignment with the research base.

MTE 670 Development of Theory

Extended examination of fundamental problems and issues in mathematics education research that have been instrumental in constituting and defining the field. Study how theoretical and pragmatic problems in mathematics and science education have been approached by a community of researchers to define the field and new areas of inquiry.

MTE 680 Authentic Learning (Internship)

An internship conducted at a local research institution, the Kaput Center or at an institution out of state or internationally. Students will be mentored by an adjunct research associate at the host institute to develop their research skills in the field including data collection and analysis, and enhancing their awareness of the complexities of educational research.

MTE 681 Research Seminar

Capstone course designed to synthesize critical research processes, theories of learning, and current research themes in mathematics education. From this synthesis, students are expected to select and refine a topic for their pilot study to be conducted during the preparatory phase of the doctoral program. A major product of this course is to generate materials relevant for their qualifying exams.

MTE 682 Developing Research Skills, Part 2

This course synthesizes prior coursework to focus on methods and research questions in preparation for students' dissertation. Students will develop essential experience/skills in designing research, reading research critically, writing scholarly work, and developing proposals for research funding. Students will give oral presentations on their research topics and plan of study for peer review.

MTE 690 Special Topics

Course focuses on a topic not included in teh regular offerings of the department. The specific topic is stated hen the course is scheduled. The course will require students to engage in reading existing research and engaging in in a project related to that research that may include conducting new research, synthesizing existing research, or other authentic learning activities related to becoming a scholar in the field.

MTE 715 Interdisciplinary Colloquium in STEM Education II

Presentations made in the Kaput Center's Interdisciplinary Colloquium Series provide a wide variety of perspectives on foundational issues in educational research. Over the course of one year a coherent synthesis of the themes presented in these talks and the related scholarly work of each speaker will be developed.

MTE 750 Analyzing Participation and Motivation in Classrooms

Various models used to analyze how people participate in classrooms and the intersecting role of motivation. We will draw on the field of linguistics in particular linguistic anthropology, gesture and discourse analysis to categorize how students and teachers demonstrate their participation and motivation through speech and physical actions.

MTE 751 Contemporary Issues in K-8 Classrooms

Recent advances in the teaching and learning of mathematics relevant in K-8 classrooms. Areas to be covered will typically include: development of children's mathematical reasoning and algebraic thinking; recent research on key K-8 content; technology use in elementary mathematics; teacher professional development; and school implementation and effecting policy. 

MTE 752 Thinking and Learning in Math/Science

Recent advances in the teaching and learning of mathematics relevant in K-8 classrooms. Areas to be covered will typically include: development of children's mathematical reasoning and algebraic thinking; recent research on key K-8 content; technology use in elementary mathematics; teacher professional development; and school implementation and effecting policy. 

MTE 753 Research on Proof and Reasoning

Historical and epistemological examinations of dimensions of proof and research on proof and reasoning across grades K-16, including how proof is conceptualized in research at different grade domains, the nature of students' proving, how it evolves, and how curriculum and instruction can support this. Includes the development of research skills using novel applications in this research domain.

MTE 757 STEM Education Reform in a Political Context

Advanced doctoral course on the influence of political agendas and the design and implementation of curricula. Areas to be covered will typically include: the development of the content standards; historical perspectives on STEM education; and politically motivated reports that have shaped mathematics and science education.

MTE 770 Advanced Authentic Learning (Internship)

An internship conducted at a local research institution, the Kaput Center or at an institution out of state or internationally. Students will be mentored by an adjunct research associate at the host institute to develop their research skills in the field including data collection and analysis, and enhancing their awareness of the complexities of educational research.

MTE 772 Dissertation Research Part I

Focuses on developing the dissertation proposal, including conducting a full literature review, identifying the theoretical perspectives and relevant research framing the proposed dissertation research, a clear statement of the research questions and significance of the problem, a description of the research methods and design, and a work plan that identifies how data will be collected and analyzed.

MTE 773 Dissertation Research Part 2

Consists of investigations of a fundamental and/or applied nature representing an original contribution to the scholarly research literature of the field. It is expected that PhD dissertations will be submitted for publication as a paper or series of papers in refereed journals and for presentation at major conferences. Dissertation must be completed in accordance with rules of the Graduate School.

MTE 795 Independent Study

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area not otherwise part of the discipline's course offerings. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

MTE 796 Directed Study

Study under the supervision of a faculty member in an area covered in a regular course not currently being offered. Conditions and hours to be arranged.

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