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Andrea McCloskey

Dr. Andrea McCloskey

Associate Professor of Education (MTHED)

Phone: 814-867-2738

268 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Curriculum and Instruction



Andrea McCloskey is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction for the College of Education at Penn State. Her research focuses on teacher preparation and development, cultural influences on teaching practices in elementary school mathematics, and ways that improvisational theater can critique current practices and point to new ways of understanding mathematical activity in classroom settings.


Dr. McCloskey is an active member, reviewer, and committee member in professional and scholarly organizations such as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Research in Mathematics Education SIG of the American Education Research Association, and the Association for Mathematics Teacher Educators.


Dr. McCloskey has published in journals such as the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Educational Studies in Mathematics, The Review of Educational Research, and Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.


She also co-founded and owns Happy Valley Improv, a long-form improvisational theater company.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels



Equity and Diversity

Curriculum Areas

Curriculum Issues
Math Ed

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Professional Education

Educational Studies

Critical & Feminist Theory
Cultural Studies

Methodological Research

Qualitative Research

Social Issues

Race and Ethnicity

Teacher Preparation

Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development
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