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NEWS & UPDATES

Research Brief: Math Teachers’ Gender-Specific Beliefs About Mathematical Aptitude

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, David Quinn, & Ian Thacker

Persisting stereotypes and beliefs that certain disciplines require innate ability and individuals from different ethnic backgrounds or genders have different ability levels seriously impede students’ academic career paths... read more.

Research Brief: The Role of Warm Constructs in Fraction Learning

Ian Thacker, Jessica Rodrigues, & Gale Sinatra

Mathematics teaching and learning does not occur in an emotional vacuum. The extent to which people engage in and learn difficult content is influenced by motivational and emotional factors, also called warm constructs... read more.

For the Love of Math

After overcoming huge obstacles, Yasemin Copur-Gencturk is changing the way we teach... read more.

Update from Yasemin Copur-Gencturk

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk and Collaborators

We are excited to share progress on a cluster of Math Initiative research studies led by Yasemin Copur-Gencturk that have been making rapid progress... read more.

Research Brief: Mathematics Teachers' Implicit Race- and Gender-Biases

Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, Ian Thacker, & Collaborators

Mathematics teachers can significantly affect students’ perceptions of their mathematical ability and future career choices. Hence, it is important for teachers’ assessments of students’ mathematical abilities to be free from bias. Still, most research conducted on teacher bias has failed to discern... read more.

Research Brief: An Instructional Approach for Remediating a Fraction Misconception

Jessica Rodrigues, Ian Thacker, & Gale Sinatra

Our study explores a brief instructional approach for helping teachers overcome a mathematics misconception. We know from prior research that some teachers incorrectly overgeneralize the whole number rule of “multiplication always makes bigger” to multiplication with fractions... read more.

Research Brief: Epistemic Cognition and Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Ian Thacker, Gale Sinatra, & Richard Rasiej

Over the last three decades, there has been increased attention to the problem of how students should convince themselves and others that mathematical statements are true. For example, the Common Core State Standards considers ... read more.

Math Initiative Quarterly Update

We are excited to share with you our Math Initiative update. Back in May, we held the invitational Math Initiative Symposium, which brought together teacher educators, scholars of mathematics education, and mathematicians to establish a research agenda. In the months following the symposium, we have made huge strides... read more.

Read About the Symposium

For two days, some of the country's top math education researchers gathered at USC Rossier to plan ways to improve elementary math education across the country... read more.

Read About the Herman+Rasiej Math Initiative

Read the article published in USC News to learn more about the creation of the Joan Herman and Richard Rasiej Mathematics Initiative... read the article.