Thomas G. Edwards
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BA (Mathematics), SUNY at Buffalo, 1967.
MS (Education), Canisius College, 1971.
PhD (Mathematics Education), The Ohio State University, 1994.
Dr. Thomas Edwards taught mathematics for 24 years in grades 7-12 in the Buffalo, NY Public Schools. In 1991, he began doctoral studies in mathematics education at the Ohio State University, completing the PhD in 1994. He accepted a tenure-track position at Wayne State University beginning with the 1994-95 academic year, was tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor in 2000, and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2010.
Dr. Edwards's primary research interests are teaching school mathematics in the context of real world problems, the integration of technology, especially graphing calculators, in school mathematics instruction, and the means by which students of all ages acquire mathematical understanding. He has published articles that address these issues across a number of grade levels, as evidenced by his publications in Teaching Children Mathematics, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, Mathematics Teacher, and the College Mathematics Journal.
In 2012, Dr. Edwards was appointed Interim Associate Dean for Research.
Manage the operation of the Research Office in the College of Education; Teach MAE courses; Advise graduate students
1. Increasing the mathematics content knowledge of elementary and middle school teachers.
2. Constructivist theory in the teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels.
3. Helping teachers at all levels to connect college-level mathematics with mathematics in K-12 schools.
Area of Expertise
1. Using graphing calculators in mathematics instruction.
2. Developing mathematics content in the context of authentic real world problem situations.
1. Teaching school mathematics in the context of authentic real world problems.
2. The integration of technology, especially graphing calculators, in school mathematics instruction.
3. The means by which students of all ages acquire mathematical understanding.
Mathematics for Elementary Teachers 1 & 2
Algebra for Middle School Teachers
Number Theory for Middle School Teachers
Teaching Geometry, Probability & Statistics, and Discrete Mathematics from an Advanced Perspective
Advanced Studies in Teaching Algebra
Advanced Studies in Teaching Geometry
Advanced Studies in Teaching Probability & Statistics
Advanced Studies in Teaching Discrete Mathematics
Technology in Mathematics Education (as a special topic or seminar course)
Community Engagement Activities
Governing Board, Benjamin Carson High School of Science & Medecine