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Xiangquan Yao

Dr. Xiangquan (James) Yao

Associate Professor of Education (MTHED)

Phone: 814-865-9062

266 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Curriculum and Instruction


Dr. Xiangquan [James] Yao joined the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State in 2018 as an assistant professor. He completed his Ph.D. work in mathematics education at Ohio State University.  Dr. Yao's research interest considers the nature of mathematics thinking with technology and mathematics understandings for teaching with technology. His current work focuses on learners’ engagement in mathematical generalizing when using technological tools that are capable of performing mathematical procedures (e.g., graphing, symbolic algebraic manipulation, arithmetic calculations, constructing and manipulating geometric figures, statistics calculations, and data display). He also investigates preservice mathematics teachers’ technological, mathematical, and pedagogical knowledge for engaging learners in generalizing with technology.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels



Learning Sciences


Computer Technology

Curriculum Areas

Math Ed

Education Types

Public Ed

Individual Difference

Learning Processes

Methodological Research

Discourse Analysis
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

Pre-service Teachers
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