Janet Bowers
Principal Investigator, Simulations for Calculus Learning (SimCalc)
Co-Principal Investigator, Investigating Multimedia Case Studies as a Tool for Preservice Teacher Development
Co-Principal Investigator, MEASURE: Mathematics Enhancement and Accountability in Systemic Urban Initiative Research
Project Faculty, Reforming the Preparation and Professional Development of Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Teachers
Education
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Education and Human Development, specialization in Mathematics Education and Technology, 1996
M.A., Villanova University, Mathematics Education, 1991
B.A., Bucknell University, Mathematics and Psychology, 1985
Teaching Materials
Math 509: Current Syllabus for Teaching Secondary Mathematics with Technology Course
MathEd 602: Current Syllabus for Teaching Elementary Mathematics with Technology Course
Research Interest
My interests involve researching the ways in which students'
development of mathematical understandings can be supported through
advanced technologies. During one recent project, I worked with a team
of reserachers to develop three computer-based microworlds to support
students' development of place value conceptions. These programs are
described via the CandyFactory Programs link.
Publications
Articles in Refereed Journals
Bowers, J. S., & Doerr, Helen M. (2001). An analysis of
prospective teachers' dual roles in understanding the mathematics of
change: Eliciting growth with technology. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 4, 115–37.
Bowers, J. S., & Nickerson, S. (2001). Identifying cyclic
patterns of interaction to study individual and collective learning. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 3, 1–28.
Bowers, J. S., & Nickerson, S. (2000). Students’ changing views
of rates and graphs when working with a simulation microworld. Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, 22 (3/4), 10–27.
Bowers, J., Cobb, P., & McClain, K. (1999). The evolution of mathematical practices: A case study. Cognition and Instruction, 17, 25–64.
Cobb, P., & Bowers, J. S. (1999). Cognitive and situated learning perspectives in theory and practice. Educational Researcher, 28(2), 4–15.
Nickerson, S., Nydam, C., & Bowers, J. S. (2000). Linking algebraic concepts and contexts: Every picture tells a story. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 6, 92–98.
Chapters in Refereed Books
Bowers, J. S. (2000). Symbolizing, mathematizing and communicating:
A look toward the 21st century. In P. Cobb, E. Yackel, & K. McClain
(Eds.), Symbolizing, communicating and mathematizing: Perspectives on discourse, tools, and instructional design (pp. 385–398). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
Gravemeijer, K., Cobb, P., Bowers, J. S., & Whitenack, J.
(2000). Symbolizing, modeling, and instructional design. In P. Cobb, E.
Yackel, & K. McClain (Eds.), Symbolizing, communicating and mathematizing: Perspectives on discourse, tools, and instructional design (pp. 225–274). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
McClain, K., Cobb, P., & Bowers, J. (1998). A contextual
investigation of three-digit addition and subtraction. In L. Morrow
(Ed.), 1998 Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: The teaching and learning of algorithms in school mathematics (pp. 141–150). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Articles in Refereed Proceedings
Barron, L., Bowers, J., & McClain, K. (1996). Evaluating an
interactive CD-ROM designed for preservice teacher education. In L. Puig
& A. Gutierrez (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twentieth Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, (Vol. 1, p. 208). Valencia, Spain: University of Valencia.
Bowers, J. S., & Doerr, H. M. (1998). Investigating teachers’
insights into the mathematics of change. In K. D. S. Berenson, M.
Blanton, W. Coulombe, J. Kolbe, K. Norwood, & L. Stiff (Eds.), Proceedings of theTwentieth Conference of the Psychology of Mathematics Education—North American Chapter (Vol. 2, pp. 789-795). Raleigh, NC: North Carolina State University.
Bowers, J. (1997). Analyzing students’ learning with microworlds:
Do you see what I see? In J. Dossey, J. Swafford, M. Parmantie, & A.
Dossey (Eds.), Proceedings of the Nineteenth Conference of the Psychology of Mathematics Education—North American Chapter (Vol. 2, pp. 611–617). Columbus, OH: ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education.
Bowers, J., McClain, K., & Cobb, P. (1997). Design principles
for developing integrated multimedia instructional materials. In E.
Pehkonen (Ed.), Proceedings of the Twenty-First Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 1, p. 219). Lahti, Finland: Lahti Research and Training Center.
Bowers, J. (1995). Coordinating top-down and bottom-up approaches: An alternative perspective for developing a mathematical microworld. In J. L. Schnase & E. L. Cunnius (Eds.), Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (pp. 121–125). Bloomington: Indiana University.
Bowers, J. (1995). Designing computer learning environments based
on the theory of realistic mathematics education. In L Miera & D.
Carraher (Eds.), Proceedings of the Nineteenth Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 2, pp. 202–210). Recife, Brazil: Program Committee of the 19th PME Conference.
Bowers, J., Barron, L., & Goldman, E. (1994). An interactive
media environment to enhance mathematics teacher education. In J.
Willis, B. Robin, & D. A. Willis (Eds.), Technology and teacher education annual (pp. 515–519). Washington, DC: Society for Technology and Teacher Education.
Doerr, H., McClain, K., & Bowers, J. (1997). Design principles
for developing integrated multimedia instructional materials. In E.
Pehkonen (Ed.), Proceedings of the Twenty-First Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 2, pp. 217–224). Lahti, Finland: University of Helsinki.
Stewart, K., & Bowers, J. (1997,October). STEP: A Case study on building a bridge from HPC technologies to the secondary classroom. Paper presented at the SuperComputing ‘97 conference, San Jose, CA.
Software
Bowers, J., & Cobb, P. (1994). The MacCandy Factory
[Computer Program]. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University. (Produced in
association with National Science Foundation Grant No. RED-9353587)
Goldman, E., Barron, L., Bassler, O., Cobb, P., Bowers, J.,
McClain, K., Robinson, C., St. Clair, J., Harwood, J., & Altman, J.
(1994). Investigations in Teaching Geometry
[Computer program]. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University. (Produced in
association with National Science Foundation Grants No. TPE-8751472,
TPE-8950310, TPE-9053826, and TPE-9154067)
Barron, L., Goldman, E., Bassler, O., Harwood, J., Starnes, L.,
Jones, L., Bowers, J., & Goin, L. (1992). Peabody Professional
Development School [Computer program]. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt
University. (Produced in association with National Science Foundation
Grants No. TPE-8751472, TPE-8950310, and TPE-9053826)
Awards and Honors
Otto Bassler Award for Outstanding Dissertation, awarded by Vanderbilt University, 1997
Best multimedia program presented at the 1994 annual meeting of the
Society for Technology and Teacher Education, Washington, DC
The Susan Hensinger Thomas Prize for academic achievement in psychology
Professional Associations
American Educational Research Association
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education-North American Chapter