Jeff Barrett

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Learning involves a complex and interactive engagement with ideas, facts and strategies within a given discipline. My own discipline of mathematics education engages me with learning from many perspectives, and it challenges me to address a wide range of development, from students at the Pre-Kindergarten level up to graduate students and undergraduate students intent on becoming teachers themselves. Regardless of the learning situation, I look at the teaching and learning processes through a consistent framework that highlights the engagement of a learner with their situation and environment. Learning trajectories are conceptual tools I use to frame learning as an increasingly sophisticated process that involves passages from one level of thinking to another, identifying a level, accounting for reasoning with mental objects, and specifying tasks to prompt growth. Teaching requires a vigilant engagement with learners from the standpoint of such trajectories as instructional maps and toolsets.


Courses I regularly teach

Other Course I've taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • MAT 130 - Dimensions of Mathematical Thinking
  • MAT 152 - Structure of Number Systems II
  • MAT 201 - Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School
  • MAT 202 - Math for the K-8 Specialist
  • MAT 204 - Geometry for K-8 Teachers
  • MAT 302 - Teaching Mathematics in Grades 5-8

Graduate Courses

  • MAT 401 - Current Research in School Mathematics
  • MAT 402 - Instructional Strategies for Elem. And Jr. High Mathematics
  • MAT 403 - Theories of Mathematical Learning
  • MAT 422 - Topics in Geometry for Teachers
  • MAT 429.09 - Enhancing Middle-School Students’ Geometric Reasoning through Computer-Based Technology
  • MAT 429.10 - Teaching Problem Solving in Grades K-4: Using Extended tasks in Geometry and Measurement
  • MAT 580 - Mathematical Thinking and Learning (Advanced cognitive accounts of learning)
  • MAT 585 - Topics in Mathematics Education Seminar:
    • Geometry Learning, Spring, 1999,
    • Design-Based Methods of Research, Summer, 2003,
    • Learning Environments, Fall 2006.