Co-Principal Investigator, Studying Teachers' Evolving Perspectives
(STEP): A Cross-Sectional Snapshot of Teachers Engaged in Sustained
Professional Development Focused on Children's Mathematical Thinking
Integrating Mathematics and Pedagogy (IMAP): An Investigation of the
Effects on Elementary Preservice Teachers' Beliefs and Learning of
- B.A. Mathematics, California State University Northridge (CSUN)
- M.S. Mathematics, CSUN
- Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction (Math Ed), University of Wisconsin Madison
I grew up in the San Fernando Valley in California, where I earned a
degree in mathematics and then a fifth year single-subject teaching
credential in mathematics. I worked my way through college "busting
tires" at Sears, and in my spare time I taught CPR courses for the
American National Red Cross and I served as a Big Brother of Greater Los
Angeles. I spent the next two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer teaching
mathematics at a junior high school and in a teacher training institute
in Liberia, West Africa, where, while out for a run one afternoon in
the bush, I decided I enjoyed working with prospective teachers even
though I did not know what I was doing. I decided then to pursue a
graduate degree in mathematics education. I returned to the U.S. and
taught mathematics in an inner-city Los Angeles high school and then in
Canyon Country, north of Los Angeles. While teaching, I worked on an
M.S. degree in mathematics at night and I also served on a crisis
intervention help-line. Upon finishing my M.S. degree, I married, moved
to Wisconsin, and studied for my doctorate under the direction of Tom
I have devoted much of my research and teaching to understanding
and working with prospective and practicing elementary and secondary
mathematics teachers, and to support this work, we have developed video
of children’s mathematical thinking. The CD, which is used in several of
our courses, is available through Pearson/Prentice Hall at http://vig.prenhall.com/catalog/academic/product/0,1144,0131198548,00.html. Samples of these video are available on our IMAP website (http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CRMSE/IMAP/video.html).
Philipp, R. A., Ambrose, R., Lamb, L. L., Sowder, J. T.,
Schappelle, B. T., Sowder, L., Thanheiser, E., & Chauvot, J.
(accepted for publication). Effects of Early Field Experiences on the
Mathematical Content Knowledge and Beliefs of Prospective Elementary
School Teachers: An Experimental Study. J ournal for Research in
Philipp, R. A. (in press). Mathematics teachers' beliefs and
affect. In F. Lester (Ed.), S econd handbook of research on mathematics
teaching and learning. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of
Jacobs, V. R., & Philipp, R. A. (2004). Mathematical
thinking: Helping prospective and practicing teachers focus. Teaching
Children Mathematics, 11(4), 194-201.
Ambrose, R., Clement, L., Philipp, R., & Chauvot, J. (2004).
Assessing prospective elementary school teachers' beliefs about
mathematics and mathematics learning: Rationale and development of a
constructed-response-format beliefs survey. School Science and
Mathematics, 104(2), 56-69.
Other Interesting Things
When I am not working (and even sometimes when I am) our two
sons keep my wife and me busy. However, I do make time to work out now
and then, and I enjoy backpacking.