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New Mathematics Laboratory Transforms Research and Instruction

The College of Education recently opened its new mathematics education lab, which provides the College with an environment that has a duality of use, combining research space and classroom space into one state-of-the-art facility.
New Mathematics Laboratory Transforms Research and Instruction

Students working in the classroom in the new mathematics education lab.

The College of Education recently opened its new mathematics education lab, which provides the College with an environment that has a duality of use, combining the research space and the classroom space into one state-of-the-art facility. Preservice teachers, practicing teachers, and mathematics-education researchers can observe and study whole-class and small-group activities both in real time and through recordings.

The classroom within the College of Education's new mathematics education lab is the home for undergraduate and graduate mathematics education. Its leading-edge features include multiple interactive projection screens for simultaneous interaction with dynamic computer software, mobile monitors to facilitate sharing of work within and among groups, multiple stations designed for collaborative work, and the capacity to engage in interactive communication with classrooms at remote sites.

Pan-and-zoom cameras (second picture in slideshow) and microphones facilitate the melding of practice-based preparation of teachers and research on the teaching and learning of mathematics

The Resource Area (third picture in slideshow) offers a space where large groups can work together on research projects, review data, or look at a presentation or paper in the making. The Resource Area is also equipped with wireless access (similar to the Graduate Research Room).

The Control Room (fourth picture in slideshow) provides a facility to gather high-quality data from interviews and classroom observation through the use of cameras and microphones that are placed throughout the lab.

The Graduate Research Room (fifth picture in slideshow) provides a space for graduate students to work on mathematics education research, including data from interviews or classroom activity. The space is fully equipped with wireless access.

A single-table setting that replicates one small group area of the classroom (sixth picture in slideshow). This room is used for interviews or for small-group interactions that are similar to classroom activities.

--by (June 2014)