Dr. Jeffrey Barrett
- Awards & Honors
Jeffrey E. Barrett is Professor of Mathematics Education and Associate Director of the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology at Illinois State University.
131.001Geometric Reasoning: Geometry As Earth Measures
131.001Geometric Reasoning: Geometry As Earth Measures
304.001Modern Geometry For Middle School Teachers
403.001Theories Of Mathematics Learning
Teaching Interests & Areas
Since 1997, I have taught a variety of courses including content courses for non-majors, methods courses for undergraduate majors, courses designed for practicing teachers, and graduate courses for Ph.D. or Masters -level students. I am interested in teaching about cognition and measurement, as well as the content of geometric reasoning. I am also interested in teaching about the use of dynamic computer tools for pedagogy such as dynamic geometry software in K-12 schooling.
Research Interests & Areas
Primary research interests include the learning and teaching of the mathematics of measurement, geometric reasoning, the use of computer software to model mathematical ideas, and the professional development of teachers engaged in teaching elementary and middle-school level mathematics or science. Dr. Barrett served as Principal Investigator of two NSF-funded projects: "Learning Trajectories to Support the Growth of Measurement Knowledge: Pre-K through Middle School" and "A Longitudinal Examination of Children’s Developing Knowledge of Measurement: Mathematical and Scientific Concept and Strategy Growth from Pre-K to Grade 5". Both projects were part of the Discovery Research K-12 Program of the National Science Foundation.
BS Applied Mathematics
MS Elementary Education
Ph D Mathematics Education
Outstanding College Researcher in Sciences and Mathematics
Alumni of the Year
Member of the Million Dollar Club
Barrett, J.E. (2022). Analyzing the development of children’s thinking: a review of “learning and teaching early math: the learning trajectories approach”. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 25, 257–262.
Barrett, J. E., Cullen, C. J., Klanderman, D., & Behnke, D. (2017). A Pleasure to Measure. (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics): Reston, VA.
Smith, J. P., & Barrett, J. E. (2017). The learning and teaching of measurement: Coordinating quantity and number. In J. Cai (Ed.), Compendium for Research in Mathematics Education. (pp. 355-385): Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Mooney, E., & Barrett, J. E. (2020). Using Design-Based Tasks to Teach Area Measurement, In Sacristán, A.I., Cortés-Zavala, J.C. & Ruiz-Arias, P.M. (Eds.). "Mathematics Education Across Cultures: Proceedings of the 42nd Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education,Mexico". Cinvestav / AMIUTEM / PME-NA. https:/doi.org/10.51272/pmena.42.2020 (pp. 689-693).
Rupnow, T., O’Dell, J. R., Barrett, J. E., Cullen, C. J., Clements, D. H., Sarama, J., Rutherford, G. (2022). Children’s Construction of a Volume Calculation Algorithm for a Rectangular Prism with a Dynamic Virtual Manipulative, Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmathb.2022.100998
Sarama, J., Clements, D. H., Barrett, J. E., Cullen, C. J., Hudyma, A., & Vanegas, Y. (2022). Length measurement in the early years: teaching and learning with learning trajectories, Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 24:4, 267-290, DOI: 10.1080/10986065.2020.1858245
Eames, C., Barrett, J. E., Cullen, C., Ruthersford, G., Klanderman, D., Clements, D. H., Sarama, J., & Van Dine, D. (2020). Examining and Developing Fourth Grade Children’s Area Estimation Performance, School Science and Mathematics, 120 (2), 67-78. https://doi.org/10.1111/ssm.12386
Cullen, A., & Barrett, J. E. (2019). Area Measurement: Structuring with Nonsquare Units, in Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 21(3). https://doi.org/10.1080/10986065.2019.1608619
Clements, D. H., Sarama, J., Van Dine, D. W., Barrett, J. E., Cullen, C. J., Hudyma, A., . . . Eames, C. L. (2018). Evaluation of three interventions teaching area measurement as spatial structuring to young children. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 50, 23–41. doi:10.1016/j.jmathb.2017.12.004
Mooney, E., & Barrett, J. E. (2021). I co-presented a talk entitled, Using Design-based tasks to explore area measurement. This research presentation was given through a distance education arrangement as a virtual seminar, as part of the 2021 Midwest Annual Robert Noyce Conference, hosted by the Center for Math Science and Technology at ISU, on February 6, 2021.
Barrett, J. E., & O’Dell, J. (2019, March). Development, Refinement, and Evaluation of Learning Trajectories for Geometric Measurement. I presented a research report in a symposium at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, in Baltimore, MD, March 20-23, 2019.
Tillema, E., Barrett, J. E., & Lee, H.Y. (2019, April). Middle Grades and High School Students Three-Dimensional Reasoning. I presented a research report in this symposium at the Research Conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, held in San Diego, CA, April 1-3, 2019.
Barrett, J. E. (2018), Teaching Multiplication with Area Measurement Models, a talk presented at the 33rd Annual Conference on Teaching Mathematics, Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Southern Section, at Carbondale, IL, on February 15, 2018.
Barrett, J., Confrey, J., Stephens, A., Sarama, J. & Rich, K., (2018). I participated in a 75 minute panel presentation: The Ongoing Process of Validating or Adapting Learning Trajectories Over Time, at the “Discovery Research PreK-12 PI Meeting" of the National Science Foundation, held in Washington, D.C. The panel was chaired by Jere Confrey, on June 7, 2017.
Nickels, M. L., Barrett, J. E. (2018). Measurement Concepts in Virtual Reality for Children with Cerebral Palsy. Paper presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY, on April 17, 2018.
Barrett, J. E., & Behnke, D. (2015). Ridiculous Rulers and other Zany Measurement Ideas. A PreK-2 Workshop, resented at the NCTM 2015 Regional Conference & Exposition: Nashville, Tennessee, November 19, 2015.