Research

Research Interests

Teaching and learning of mathematics education, STEM education at the elementary level, supporting pre-service and in-service teachers to teach mathematics effectively.

 

Peer-reviewed Publications

Appelgate, M., Jackson, C., Jurgenson, K., & Delaney, A. (In Press). Introducing Mathematics Concepts Using STEM Connections. Teaching Children Mathematics.

 

Invited Scholarly Presentations

Paper Presentations

Jackson, C., Appelgate, M., Whitmer, C., Delaney, A., & Jurgenson, K. (April 2018). Why Boats Float: It Speaks Volumes About Mathematics. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.

Jurgenson, K. (February 2018).  “It Was Like Being a First-Year Teacher”: Doctoral Students’ Experiences Becoming Mathematics Teacher Educators. Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Houston, Texas.

 

Poster Presentations

Appelgate, M., Jackson, C., Jurgenson, K., Delaney, A. (April 2018). Using Mathematically focused Text Messages to Communicate with Parents. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

 

Research Grant Projects

Design environment for Educator – Student Collaboration Allowing Real-Time Engineering-centric STEM (DESCARTES) exploration in middle grades. Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education Small Business Innovation Research. Award amount: $310,475. PI: Christopher Whitmer, Ph.D. Awarded as a subcontract to Christa Jackson, Ph.D. from Parametric Studio. Role: Research Assistant. May 2017 – Jun. 2019.

Effectively Supporting all Students to be Successful in Algebra. Iowa Mathematics and Science Partnerships Program (Title II – B). Award amount: $340,060. PI: Crista Jackson, Ph.D. and Mollie Appelgate, Ph.D. Role: Research Assistant. May 2017 – Aug. 2018.

Engineering Design Instruction Software for implementing Objectives of Next (EDISON) Generation Standards in K-12. National Science Foundation Award Amount: $107,226 (Full project amount: $225,000). PI: Christopher Whitmer, Ph.D.. Awarded as a subcontract to Christa Jackson, Ph.D. from Parametric Studio. Role: Research Assistant. Jul. 2016 – Jun. 2017.

Design environment for Educator – Student Collaboration Allowing Real-Time Engineering-centric STEM (DESCARTES) exploration in middle grades. Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education Small Business Innovation Research. Award Amount: $49,813 (Full project amount: $149,740). PI: Christopher Whitmer, Ph.D. Awarded as a subcontract to Christa Jackson, Ph.D. from Parametric Studio. Role: Research Assistant. May 2016 – Dec. 2016.

Using Mathematically-Focused Text Messages to Improve Connections between Linguistically-Diverse Parents and Their Child’s Classroom Learning. University of Northern Iowa Center for Educational Transformation. Award Amount: $31,000. PI: Mollie Applegate, Ph.D., Co-PI: Christa Jackson, Ph.D. Role: Research Assistant. Apr. 2016 – Jun. 2017.

Literacy and STEM Summer Library Internship Program for Teacher Candidates. Iowa State University – Human Sciences Extension and Outreach and the College of Human Sciences. Award amount: $35,960. PI: Mollie  Appelgate, Ph.D. Role: Research Assistant. Jul. 2016 – Aug. 2017.

Growing Pre-service Teacher Practice using Screencasts of Elementary Students’ Mathematical Thinking. Award amount: $9,431. Iowa State University – College of Human Sciences Seed Grant Program. PI: Mollie Appelgate, Ph.D. Role: Research Assistant. May 2016 – Aug. 2017.

 

Not funded Research Projects

Experiences of Beginning Teacher Educators. Role: Principal Investigator. Supervising faculty member: Kristina Tank, Ph.D. Oct. 2017 – Jan. 2019.