MAE 447/530 (Directed Readings in Math)-Spring 2022


Course Description: This is a one credit online synchronous class that meets Tuesdays at 2:30pm on zoom or google meet. You will be asked to read articles/essays and watch videos related to best practice and innovation in mathematics education. We will treat (at least partially) the history of mathematics education in New York and the United States.


Course Instructor: Bill Bernhard (



1.Weekly discussions on assigned readings or videos (50%)

2. 5 page paper due on 5/3 (50%)-An open ended question will be posed on 3/29. Incorporating the weekly reading and three other sources, students will respond to the question in first person. At least one of the sources must be from a reputable educational, mathematical, or psychological journal. The other two can be interviews with math or education professors or administrators.



Weekly Schedule:

1/24: Ardilia’s axioms

1/31: History of Undergraduate Math Education

2/7: Classroom Practices (pages 1-42)

2/14: Assessment Practices (pages 49-81)

2/21: State Assessments

2/28: Design Practices (page 89-111)

3/7: Contemporary Mathematics

3/14: Spring Break

3/21: Technology (pages 115-120)

3/28: Equity (pages 122-128)

4/4: Class canceled

4/11: Pythagorean Theorem

4/18: Class canceled

4/25: Cubics

5/2: Inspiration for a bright future!



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