Welcome to the Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics at Illinois State University

Dr. Nerida Ellerton

Professor
  • BIOGRAPHY
  • Professor, Mathematics Education, ISU, 2002–current Professor and Dean, Mathematics Education, University of Southern Queensland (1997–2002) Professor Mathematics Education, Edith Cowan University (1993–1997) Director, National Center for Mathematics Education Research (1992–1993)
  • CURRENT COURSES
  • MAT 406.Sec 001 Advanced Topics In Assessment In Elementary & Jr High Math
  • TEACHING INTERESTS
  • • Algebra education • Mathematical modeling • Number sense • History of school mathematics
  • RESEARCH INTERESTS
  • I have conducted research on how language, cultural and historical factors influence the teaching and learning of mathematics and science. Particularly since taking up my appointment at ISU, I have published a number of papers on the learning and teaching of rational number, algebra, and on the history of school mathematics. I have also conducted much research over the past 30 years on problem posing in school mathematics. I was Associate Editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (2011–2015), and Editor of the Mathematics Education Research Journal (1993–1997).
  • SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
  • Ellerton, N. F., & Clements, M. A. (2016). Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton, James Hodgson, and the beginnings of secondary school mathematics. New York, NY: Springer (331 pages).

  • Clements, M. A., & Ellerton, N. F. (2015). Thomas Jefferson and his decimals: Neglected years in the history of US school mathematics. New York, NY: Springer. (204 pages).

  • Singer, F. M., Ellerton, N. F., & Cai, J. (Eds.). (2015). Mathematical problem posing: From research to effective practice. New York: Springer. (569 pages).

  • Ellerton, N. F., & Clements, M. A. (2014). Abraham Lincoln’s cyphering book and ten other extraordinary cyphering books. New York, NY: Springer. (367 pages).

  • Singer, F. M., Ellerton. N. F., & Cai, J. (Eds.). (2013). Problem posing in mathematics teaching and learning: Establishing a framework for research. PME Special Issue, Educational Studies in Mathematics, 83(1), 1–162.

  • Ellerton, N. F., & Clements, M. A. (2012). Rewriting the history of school mathematics in North America, 1607-1861. New York, NY: Springer. (223 pages)

  • PRESENTATIONS
  • Ellerton, N. F. (2015, December 17). Beginnings of modern secondary school mathematics: The Royal Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital, London, 1673–1798. Invited keynote paper presented at the research symposium, “Being Mathematical in the Georgian Period,” All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK.

  • Ellerton, N. F. (2014, December 19). The cyphering tradition in 18th- and 19th-century school mathematics—Especially in North America and Great Britain. Invited keynote paper presented at the research symposium, “Mathematical Readers in the Early Modern World”, All Souls College, University of Oxford, UK.

  • FUNDED GRANTS
  • Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program ($900,000, funded by the National Science Foundation between 2008 and 2014) (with Drs Hunter, Palmer & Lee)
  • Outstanding College Researcher Award
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • 2015
  • Outstanding Teaching Award in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Illinois State University
  • 2010