- Ph.D., Mathematics and Mathematics Education, University of Wisconsin
- M.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin
- B.A., Mathematics, University of North Dakota
I grew up on a farm in North Dakota but never developed the talent
to be a farmer. I started teaching mathematics at Texas Southern
University in Houston in 1965 and then spent two years at Haile Selassie
I University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In
1972 I joined the Mathematics Department at San Diego State, and I have
remained on the faculty ever since. However, for three years (1979-81,
2000-01) I was a "rotator" at the National Science Foundation's Research
in Science Education program, and for seven years (1986-93) I served as
Professor of Mathematics and Education at Washington State University,
including two years as a department chair in the College of Education. I
also served two years as Director of San Diego State's Center for
Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE) during 1996-98.
I started the process of retirement in 2002 and now teach part-time
in SDSU's Faculty Early Retirement Program. I also work as a consultant
on a variety of research and teacher education projects. Currently I
divide my time between San Diego and Goleta, California, where my wife
Susan is Professor and Director of the Writing Program at the University
of California, Santa Barbara.
Recent research projects have focused on issues of curriculum
reform, beliefs, and affect in mathematics education. More information
on these projects may be found in the following publications:
(with R. E. Stake, B. P. Schappelle, M. Mellissinos, & M. J.
Gierl). Setting the Standards: NCTM's role in the reform of mathematics
education. In S. A. Raizen & E. D. Britton (Eds.), Bold Ventures: U.S. Innovations in Science and Mathematics Education. Volume 3: Cases in Mathematics Education (pp. 13-132). Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1996.
(with S. A. Raizen & M. B. Rowe). Changing conceptions of reform. In S. A. Raizen & E. D. Britton (Eds.), Bold Ventures, Volume 1: Patterns among U.S. Innovations in Science and Mathematics Education (pp. 97-129). Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1997.
Affective issues in research on mathematical problem solving. In J. Leinonen (Ed.), Proceedings of the Research Association of Teaching Mathematics and Science (pp. 145-154). Roveniemi, Finland: University of Lapland, 1998.
Mathematical beliefs and curriculum reform. In E. Pehkonen & G. Toerner (Eds.), Mathematical Beliefs and Their Impact on Teaching and Learning (pp. 90-95). Duisburg, Germany: Gerhard Mercator University, 1999.
(with Karen D. King) Coming of age in academe: A review of Mathematics Education as a Research Domain: A Search for Identity, edited by Anna Sierpinska and Jeremy Kilpatrick. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 1999, 30 (2), 227-234.
From consensus to controversy: The story of the NCTM Standards. In G. M. A. Stanic & J. Kilpatrick (Eds.), A History of School Mathematics. Reston, VA: NCTM, in press.
(with S. H. McLeod) Beliefs and mathematics education:
Implications for learning, teaching, and research. In G. Leder, E.
Pehkonen, & G. Toerner (Eds.), Beliefs: A Hidden Variable in Mathematics Education? (pp. 115-123). Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2002.
From consensus to controversy: The story of the NCTM Standards. In G. M. A. Stanic & J. Kilpatrick (Eds.), A History of School Mathematics (Vol. 1, pp. 753-818). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2003.
If you have an interest in research on affective issues in
mathematics education, I would be happy to provide more information
about colleagues who are continuing to do research in that area. For an
analysis of research on affect and related issues, the recent work of
Marja-Liisa Malmivuori is far superior to my 1992 chapter in the
Handbook of Research on Teaching and Learning Mathematics. You can find
Malmivuori's report on the web at: http://ethesis.helsinki.fi/julkaisut/kas/kasva/vk/malmivuori/
My current writing project is an expansion of my work on reform
issues in mathematics education. My goal is to produce a book on the
NCTM Standards projects.
I have always been interested in music, and I regularly sing bass
for various choral groups. One of my favorite groups is Pacific
Camerata, a fifteen-member ensemble sponsored by the Foundation for
Early Music Performance of San Diego. Pacific Camerata specializes in
choral music of the Renaissance.