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Jae Baek

Instructional Assistant Professor
Stevenson Hall - STV 326A
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Dr. Baek is a mathematics educator, whose primary teaching and research interests are in teaching and learning mathematics with understanding. She teaches math contents and methods courses for pre- and in-service teachers at elementary and middle levels, and conducts research on how children and teachers make sense of mathematics.

Current Courses

130.002Dimensions Of Numerical Reasoning

130.005Dimensions Of Numerical Reasoning

201.001Teaching Mathematics In The Elementary School

Research Interests & Areas

Children's mathematical thinking in Numbers, Operations, and Algebra

Ph D Mathematics Education

University of Wisconsin

Book, Chapter

Barrett, J. E., Wickstrom, M. H., Tobias, J. M., Cullen, C. J., Cullen, A. L., & Baek, J. M., (2019), Chapter 3: Children’s Measurement Project. In P. Sztajn, P. H. Wilson (Eds.), Learning Trajectories for Teachers: Designing Effective Professional Development for Math Instruction. (pp. 48-74). New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Baek, J. Numerical reasoning: Making sense of numbers and operations through multiplication in grades 3-5. Michael T. Battista (EDs), Reasoning and sense making in grades 3-5. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Journal Article

Baek, J. M., Wickstrom, M. H., Tobias, J. M., Miller, A. L., Safak, E., Wessman-Enzinger, N. M., & Kirwan, J. V. (2017). Preservice teachers’ pictorial strategies for a multistep multiplicative fraction problem. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 45(1), 1–14. doi:10.1016/j.jmathb.2016.10.005
Cullen, A., Tobias, Safak, E., Wessman-Enzinger, N., Wickstrom, M., & Baek, J. Preservice teachers’ algebraic reasoning and symbol use on a multistep fraction word problem. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning 18.1 (2017): 109-131.
Wickstrom, M. H., Baek, J., Barrett, J. E., Cullen, C. J., & Tobias, J. M. (2012). Teacher's noticing of children's understanding of linear measurement. Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 488-494). Kalamazoo, MI: Western Michigan University.


Teachers' Noticing of Children's Understanding of Linear Measurement. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators Annual Conference. (2013)
The effects of learning trajectory based professional development on teachers' noticing. North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. (2013)
Understanding mathematics embedded in students' strategies for multidigit multiplication. Cognitively Guided Instruction 7th Biennual National Conference. Iowa State University. (2013)
A ten-day workshop series for a summer institute with Peoria District 150 elementary teachers through the Formative Assessment project (2012)
Teachers' Learning of Learning Trajectories. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2012 Research Presession. (2012)
Teacher’s Noticing of Children’s Understanding of Linear Measurement. North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Annual Conference. (2012)

Grants & Contracts

Mathematical Concept Development through Measurement for teachers of Grades 1 through 5. Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program. (2012)
Getting to the core: Grades 3-5 math & science partnership. University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. State. (2011)
Formative Assessment Improving Teachers' Instructional Practices. Mathematics and Science Partnerships (Illinois State Board of Education). Illinois State University.