Professionals in Learning Disabilities and Special Education program

Appreciating Interdisciplinary perspectives on Mathematics Teaching and Learning

Presented by Erica N. Mason, Ph.D.

7:00-8:30pm (virtual program)

This event is free, but pre-registration is required.  Registration closes on Sunday, September 10th.  Registrants will receive a link and a passcode the day before the event.



This presentation will begin with a brief discussion of the historical divisions between special education and mathematics education and the importance of working across different disciplines.  Using professional knowledge and experience, and reflecting on research from both mathematics education and special education, we will critically investigate the claims made on the Science of Math website, discuss how to approach finding and digesting educational research, and identify resources from mathematics education researchers that include students with disabilities.  When teachers are knowledgeable about information from multiple fields, student learning is enriched.

Formerly a special education teacher, Dr. Mason continued her education to earn a PhD in special education.  Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is actively engaged in research and teacher education.  Her primary research focus is on the teaching of mathematics to students with disabilities, specifically investigating teachers’ conceptions of disability and capability.  She prioritizes co-designing projects through research-practice partnerships and employs a critical special education stance.

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