Co-Integrate Mathematics Seminar: Amy Parks


Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


116H Erickson

Designing Tools to Describe Mathematics Classrooms from the Perspectives of Children

Water and Coffee will be served. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Amy Parks

Associate Professor, Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Drawing on video data from a three-year ethnographic study, this talk will focus on some of the methodological challenges of describing mathematics classrooms from the perspectives of children. The analysis currently being undertaken seeks to describe individual children's experiences of mathematics over three years with the goal of demonstrating the ways in which children in the same classroom can have widely varying mathematical experiences. This work is challenging in part because much of the classroom-centered research in both mathematics and early childhood education has tended to describe pedagogies from the perspective of teachers or to describe whole class experiences, while much of the research on individual children has been done in one-on-one assessment interviews. New modes of data collection and analysis are needed to make sense of classrooms from the perspectives of multiple children. 

About the Speaker:
Amy Noelle Parks is an associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education and a former primary grades teacher. Much of her research uses ethnographic methods in early childhoold classrooms to describe children's experiences around mathematics. She is the author of Exploring Mathematics Through Play in the Early Childhood Classroom (Teachers College Press.)