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Robert  Powers

Robert Powers

Professor

School of Mathematical Sciences
Natural and Health Sciences

Contact Information

Phone
(970) 351-1157
Office
Ross Hall 2230-D

Education

Professional/Academic Experience

Research/Areas of Interest

My primary focus is developing and examining the practice of preservice and inservice secondary mathematics teachers. I am currently designing a two-course sequence focused on pedagogy: MED 341 Principles of Teaching Mathematics and MED 441 Methods of Teaching Mathematics. I am active in the MA Mathematics-Teaching Emphasis program having recently taught MATH 595 Topics in Mathematics (History of Mathematics), and MED 600 Introduction to Research in Mathematics Education. I contribute to the Ph.D. program teaching MED 701 Quantitative Research in Mathematics Education.

Publications/Creative Works

Recent Publications

Goss, M. L., Powers, R. A., & Dibbs, R. A. (2014). Professional development and student achievement on standardized state exams. Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. Denver, CO: MAA.

Hauk, S., Powers, R. A., & Segalla, A. (2014). A comparison of web-based and paper-and-pencil homework on student performance in college algebra. PRIMUS, 24, 1-19.

Chamberlin, S. A, & Powers, R. A. (2013). Assessing affect after mathematical problem solving tasks: Validating the Chamberlin Affective Instrument for Mathematical Problem Solving. Gifted Education International, 29(1), 69–85.

Powers, R., Hauk, S., & Goss, M. (2013) Identifying change in secondary mathematics teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge. Proceedings of the Sixteenth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (pp. 2-531–2-537). Denver, CO: MAA.

Powers, R. A., & Parker, C. F. (2013). Measuring motivational conditions in mathematics classrooms. In M. Martinez & A. Castro Superfine (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 1252-1255). Chicago, IL: University of Illinois at Chicago.

Waxman, H. C., Rivera, H., & Powers, R. (2012). English language learners' educational resilience and classroom learning environment. Educational Research Quarterly, 35(4), 53-72.

Recent Presentations

Morgan, M., & Powers, R. A. (2016, January). Facilitating classroom discourse: A project designed to help preservice teachers implement high-cognitive demand tasks. Poster presented at the Twentieth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Irvine, CA.

Powers, R. A., & Seehausen, A. (2015, February). The pivotal teaching moment project: How preservice teachers respond to critical moments of instruction. Paper presented at the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.

Troudt, M. L., & Powers, R. A. (2015, February). Professional development, PCK growth, intercultural competence, and student growth on a state mathematics assessment. Paper presented at the Nineteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.

Parker, F., Bartell, T. G., Novak, J., Powers, R. (2014, February). Teachers developing culturally responsive teaching with the Wlodkowksi & Ginsberg motivational framework. Paper presented at the Eighteenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Irvine, CA.

Powers, R. A., & Parker, C. F. (2013, November). Measuring motivational conditions in mathematics classrooms. Paper presented at the Thirty-fifth Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Chicago, IL.

Goss, M., Powers, R., & Hauk, S. (2013, February). Identifying change in secondary mathematics teachers’  pedagogical content knowledge. Paper presented at the Sixteenth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education. Denver, CO.

Powers, R. A., Parker, C. F., Novak, J. D. (2013, January). The host teacher mentoring program: Building capacity for mentoring pre-service mathematics teachers. Presentation at the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.

Parker, C. F., Powers, R. A., Novak, J. D. (2013, January). Structured task analysis as a means of teacher PCK development in professional development. Presentation at the Seventeenth Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Orlando, FL.

Recent Grant Work

2015 – present: Collaborative Research: Initiating a Foundational Research Model for Secondary Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (INFORMS MKT), researcher

2014 – present: Supporting Understanding through Meaningful Mathematical Instructional Tasks (SUMMIT), Colorado MSP, PI of Subcontract and instructor

2011 – 2014: Reaching All Our Math Potential (RAMP), Colorado MSP, Instructor

2009 – 2013: Mathematics Teacher Leadership Center, NSF MSP, Instructor and researcher


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