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Associate professor awarded “Comenius Professorship” in Germany

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Dr. Kathy Clark

Dr. Kathy Clark, associate professor of Mathematics Education, was awarded a two-month “Comenius Professorship” at the University of Siegen in Germany. She will be conducting a study on the transition problem from school to university mathematics and will give a lecture on her work to the whole campus along with a one-week workshop for graduate students.

The study will involve 20 pre-service secondary mathematics teachers in Germany, during their own study of mathematics, as they prepare for teaching. They will look at the transition from studying mathematics in K-12 schools to studying mathematics at the university.

“The key activity in the research is an intensive seminar course, in which we help the mathematics students confront their own views on mathematics, and then use original sources to investigate the development of a branch of mathematics, geometry in our case,” says Clark. “By doing so, we hope to make two conflicting views of mathematics (empirical view and formalist view) explicit, and then use history of mathematics as a way to mediate the ‘abstract shock’ that is often experienced by university mathematics majors.”

Clark’s professorship will begin in February 2015.

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