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STEM Education Seminar Series  | Department of Teaching & Learning

The STEM Education Seminar Series aims to foster connections and conversations between the DTL community and scholars conducting research in STEM education. Every month, guest speakers are invited to present insights from their latest research in these seminars.

Please add the dates below to your calendars and check back soon for more information.

  • Where: Hybrid – Wyatt 201 & Zoom
  • When: Monthly on Fridays, 12-1:30 pm CT. Lunch will be served to in-person attendees at noon, with talks starting at 12:15 pm CT.

Fall 2023 Seminar Dates

August 25, 2023
Dr. Jasmine Ma
What counts as context for and content of mathematical meaning-making: The case of an aesthetic practice
In this presentation I explore how various conceptualizations of “context” in the learning sciences have shaped understandings of cognition and competence, attendant theories of mathematics and mathematics learning, and imaginaries for who does or doesn’t belong in real or possible mathematical spaces. I also consider how our constructions of what counts as “context” shapes our pedagogical values and practices. Then, as an example, I explore how attention to aesthetics and aesthetic practices might offer an alternative to container and nesting metaphors for learning contexts. Specifically, I examine how a focus on aesthetics might better surface the embodied, affective, and value-laden dimensions of mathematical activity and learning, illuminating different dimensions of “context” that may be treated as salient. I argue that this example of a more expansive treatment of context has the possibility to transform our understandings of how nondominant learners agentically recruit and assemble repertoires of practice and identity resources for their participation in and across diverse activities.
September 22, 2023
Dr. Nicole Louie  & Chundou Her

In-Person Attendees Please RSVP for Lunch

A feast to feed thousands: Asian American cultural wealth toward justice in math education

What would it be like to treat building racial justice in math education as if it could only be done with and by marginalized students and families? This question guides our current work with Black, Latine, and Asian American middle schoolers. Two emerging themes in our work have been Asian American and particularly Hmong invisibility, and Hmong and Asian American cultural wealth. In this talk, we will discuss how these themes are shaping our use of participatory design research and their implications for others’ research and teaching.

Hybrid Attendees Join via Zoom Link

October 27, 2023
Dr. Daniel Morales-Doyle
November 17, 2023
Dr. Fikile Nxumalo