Metaphors in Mathematics: Turning student thinking into curriculum design, game-based learning

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Mathematics education research tackles questions such as: How do students think about mathematical ideas? How can we leverage student thinking in teaching and curriculum design?  

ASU associate professor Michelle Zandieh will explore how metaphors as described by cognitive linguists can be used both as tools for explaining how humans learn mathematics and as ways to conceptualize curriculum development and educational game design.

Zandieh has been a leader in the effort to establish research in undergraduate mathematics education (RUME) as both a subfield of research in mathematics education and as a research area recognized by mathematics organizations. She served for six years on the Executive Board of the SIG of the Mathematical Association of America for RUME, including two years as the coordinator (highest officer).  

About Michelle Zandieh: 

Michelle Zandieh studies the teaching and learning of mathematics at the undergraduate level with a focus on calculus, geometry and linear algebra. Zandieh’s research has been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation, including a five-year early CAREER award, and has been published in the top journals in her field. In 2013 she won the Mathematical Association of America, Southwest Section, Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. Zandieh earned a doctorate in mathematics at Oregon State University and joined the ASU faculty of mathematics and statisics in 1997. In 2008, she joined the faculty of science and mathematics in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU's Polytechnic campus.

Faculty and practitioners discuss their current research and field projects in the Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series, held throughout the academic year at ASU’s Polytechnic campus. All seminars are free and open to the public.

Department: 
Faculty of Science and Mathematics, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Contact: 
Professor Steven Saul
Part of the Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series at ASU's Polytechnic campus
Wed., March 28, 3-4 p.m.
Location: 
Student Union, Cooley Ballroom B
Campus: 
Polytechnic campus
Price: 
Free