From Minnesota to Ireland: Faculty Presents Mathematics Research Across the World

Several Bemidji State University mathematics and computer science faculty members presented at the 15th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project held in Maynooth, Ireland at Maynooth University Aug. 4 -9.

The Mathematics Education for the Future Project was founded in 1986 as an international non-profit body encouraging innovation in mathematics, statistics, science & computer education. Since 1999 there have been 14 conferences throughout the world. The goal of the conferences are to support and enhance the work of teachers, promote the learning of mathematics, and represent and promote interests in mathematics education.

Dr. Jenna O’Dell, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science, and Dr. Todd Frauenholtz, professor of mathematics and computer science, presented initial results from their research with middle school students titled “An Unsolved Graph Theory Problem: Comparing Solutions of Grades 4, 6, & 8.”

Dr. Derek Webb, professor of mathematics and computer science and department chair, presented a paper, co-authored with Dr. Porter Coggins, professor of professional education, and Dr. James Barta, dean of the College of Arts, Education and Humanities, titled “The Mathematical Culture of Ojibwe Students – An Ethnographic Study.”

Dr. Heidi Hansen, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, presented a paper, co-authored with Marta T. Magiera, associate professor of mathematical and statistical sciences at Marquette University, titled “Working Together: A Cross-cultural Study Addressing Mathematics Anxiety in K-8 Pre-service Teachers.”

All papers were also published in the conference proceedings.


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