# Thomas G. Edwards

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###### Education

BA (Mathematics), SUNY at Buffalo, 1967.

MS (Education), Canisius College, 1971.

PhD (Mathematics Education), The Ohio State University, 1994.

#### Biography

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.

#### Responsibilities

Manage the operation of the Research Office in the College of Education; Teach MAE courses; Advise graduate students

#### Academic Interests

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.

#### Research Interests

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.

#### Courses taught

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

#### Grants

#### Awards & Honors

#### Presentations

**Edwards, T. G.**2015 Conversations Among Colleagues

**Edwards, T. G.**2015 93rd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

**Edwards, T. G.**2015 93rd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

**Edwards, T. G.**, & Wilhelm, T. 2015 Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Ross Taylor Symposium for Mathematics Education and Leadership

**Edwards, T.G.**& Özgün-Koca, S. A. 2014 92nd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

**Edwards, T. G.**, Özgün-Koca, S. A., & Chelst, K. R. 2014 92nd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

**Edwards, T. G.**, Ozgun-Koca, S. A., & Chelst, K. R. 2013 91st Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

**Edwards, T. G.**, & Özgün-Koca, S. A 2013 Conversations Among Colleagues

**Edwards, T. G.**& Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2012 90th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

**Edwards, T. G.**& Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2012 34th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

**Edwards, T. G.**2012 90th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

**Edwards, T. G.**& Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2012 1st Annual Wayne State University College of Education Poverty Conference and Symposium

**Edwards, T. G.**& Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2011 33rd Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

**Edwards, T. G.**2009 31st Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education