EMAT Doctoral Program Values and Goals
The fundamental programmatic development of each Mathematics Education doctoral student is set against the universal need for reforming to improve the mathematical education of all citizens. Core values promoted within the doctoral program are the premises upon which modern reforms are based and include the following goals:
- Construction of deep conceptual understandings of fundamental ideas
- Development of useful proficiencies for applying powerful technological tools to support new learning and solve significant problems
- Building positive perspectives on the nature and utility of mathematics in human intellective development and in technological societies
Traditional professional domains of advanced theoretical and research knowledge in Mathematics Education are fundamental elements of study and competence for every doctoral student, including the following:
- Student development, learning and thinking, and emotional maturation for building a sound educational experience in mathematics
- Mathematics teacher preparation, practice and enhancement, and professional life
- Mathematics curricular development, implementation and revision
- Student, teacher, and mathematics program assessment, evaluation and accountability
Students may enter the doctoral program with a variety of mathematical backgrounds, but are expected to further their depth and breadth of content knowledge through UW mathematics courses chosen to fit the individual's needs and interests, and to leave the program with substantial knowledge of graduate level mathematics.
EMAT Program Identities for Scholarship and Leadership
Beyond the above basic domains of doctoral knowledge, four specific program identities foster specializations for scholarship and leadership in our field:
Quantitative reasoning --- Based upon a growing societal necessity for
all citizens to possess numerical and quantitative literacy, this focus
addresses the explicit development of our understandings of the
mathematical, psychological, pedagogical, and curricular applications of
reasoning with, and about, conceptual quantities experienced and used
in the world.
- Mathematical modeling --- Reflective of the
power of mathematics to provide frameworks and conceptual tools for
building, using, and refining abstracted representations of many real
world phenomena and problems, this emphasis provides a context for
shifting many important aspects of a sound mathematical education toward
constructive, dynamic, relevant problem-solving experiences.
Technological tools and applications --- Increasingly powerful
computing, computational science, and informational technologies have
changed how mathematics is developed and used in many domains, and in
this emphasis UW faculty and students will explore and investigate the
potentials and impacts of new tools upon mathematical learning,
teaching, curriculum, and assessment.
- Student and teacher
mathematical experiences --- Current mathematics education reforms
emphasize fundamental shifts in both content and process, with
significant attention to promoting higher quality mathematical
experiences that develop student sense making, thinking and reasoning,
and motivation and engagement, and UW faculty and students will focus
explicit attention to understanding deeply the nature of such
Each of these focal identities is addressed
throughout the courses, seminars, and graduate assistantship duties and
experiences as inherent points of emphasis in the overall Mathematics
Education culture at UW.
Faculty research and development
activities will incorporate one or more of these programmatic
identities, and doctoral students will be expected to gain further
developmental experiences within these opportunities.
appropriate to the interests and directions of the student and the
doctoral committee, dissertation research will also mirror the cited
core values and embody aspects of one or more of these programmatic
The four program identities also are the focus of work
by three Research Teams organized within the Wyoming Institute for the
Study and Development of Mathematical Education WISDOM^e.