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Heid Delivers Invited Keynote Address at Conference in Sweden

Kathy Heid, distinguished professor of mathematics education, was an invited keynote speaker at Matematikbiennalen, the 2012 Mathematics Biennial Conference held January 26-27 in Umeå, Sweden.

Kathy Heidby Joe Savrock (February 2012)

M. Kathleen Heid, distinguished professor of mathematics education, was an invited keynote speaker at Matematikbiennalen, the 2012 Mathematics Biennial Conference held January 26-27 in Umeå, Sweden. The biennial conference hosts approximately 3,000 mathematics teachers from that country.

Heid’s keynote address was titled “Technology in mathematics education: Focusing on essential concepts and procedures in secondary mathematics.” She discussed how technology can be used to deepen secondary mathematics students’ understanding of essential concepts and processes in school mathematics. Her presentation illustrated how research and theories about mathematics learning and teaching can inform the use of technology in school mathematics.

Heid also was a participant on an invited panel of international speakers at the research preconference session known as MADIF 8 (short for Research in Mathematics Education). Some 100 to 150 researchers in educational science, teacher educators, and teachers in mathematics participated in MADIF 8.

Heid is editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education and co-principal investigator of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, housed at Penn State. She has served on the Board of Governors for the Mathematical Association of America and on the board of directors for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Her research interests center on the mathematical understandings needed by secondary mathematics teachers, on mathematical thinking, on the impact of technology on the teaching and learning of mathematics, and on the creation and investigation of technology-intensive mathematics curricula.