Education Faculty Receive $2.8 Million Grant

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: November 05, 2010

The National Science Foundation recently awarded a five-year, $2.8 million grant to faculty in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University.
The project, titled “Preservice Teachers’ Knowledge for Teaching Algebra for Equity in the Middle Grades,” will explore ways to enrich the education of middle grades mathematics pre-service teachers using technology, such as Second Life.
“I am excited about the potential of using computer simulations and virtual worlds to enhance the way we prepare mathematics teachers. For this project, we will develop and use avatars and computer simulations to provide realistic classroom experiences,” says Gerald Kulm, the project’s principal investigator.
“The project’s goal is to prepare teachers for diverse classrooms and provide equitable opportunities for all middle grades students to learn algebra.”
Kulm’s co-principal investigators include Texas A&M faculty Donald Allen, from the Department of Mathematics; Trina Davis and Chance Lewis, both from the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture; and Kathryn Bell McKenzie, from the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.
Kulm holds the Curtis D. Robert Endowed Chair of mathematics education in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture