Wayne State University

Thomas G. Edwards

Thomas G. Edwards
Professor and Interim Associate Dean for Research
421 Education

Office Hours: Call 313-577-3886 to make an appointment.

(313) 577-3886
t.g.edwards@wayne.edu

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

Project IMPRINT (Improving Proportional Reasoning using Engineering Tasks)
2013 - 2016
Project MEDeATe: Mathematics Education for Detroit Area Teachers
2013 - 2014
Human Factors in Space Exploration
2008 - 2009
Mathematics Instruction using Decision Science and Engineering Tools (MINDSET)
2007 - 2013
Project MINDSET is developing a curriculum and supporting textbook for a fourth-year high school course in applied mathematics. The course builds on school mathematics through Algebra 2, and is applications-based and problem-driven. All of the problem contexts are real-world problems drawn from the fields of industrial engineering and operations research.

Awards & Honors

2003
Wayne State University 2003-2004 Career Development Chair Award

Presentations

Ready to Run a Business? Linking LEGO and Algebra
Edwards, T.G., Özgün-Koca, S. A. & Chelst, K. R. 2016   94th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Model with mathematics comes to life vial real-world contexts.
Edwards, T. G. 2015   Conversations Among Colleagues
Using binomial and geometric distributions to make real-world decisions
Chelst, K. R. & Edwards, T. G. 2015   93rd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Exercise Big Mac away: Ratios, rates, and proportions in context
Özgün-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G. 2015   93rd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
When will we ever use this? How to get the task right
Chelst, K.R., Edwards, T. G., & Wilhelm, T. 2015   Minnesota Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Ross Taylor Symposium for Mathematics Education and Leadership
Does this line ever move? Use polynomials to find out!
Chelst, K., Edwards, T.G. & Özgün-Koca, S. A. 2014   92nd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
“What if?” questions in real world contexts: Sensitivity analysis
Edwards, T. G., Özgün-Koca, S. A., & Chelst, K. R. 2014   92nd Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
How many to order: Controlling inventory
Edwards, T. G., Ozgun-Koca, S. A., & Chelst, K. R. 2013   91st Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
GeoGebra and Solver Software for Solving Mathematical Programming Problems
Edwards, T. G. 2013   Third International Conference on the Mathematical Sciences, University of Buea, Cameroon
Unpacking our knowledge: Ratios, rates and percentages in context
Edwards, T. G., & Özgün-Koca, S. A 2013   Conversations Among Colleagues
Trees bloom decisions when cultivated with probability and expected value
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2012   90th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
A students' reach should exceed her grasp, or what's technology for?
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
Think outside the box: Multiple, linked representations and boxplots
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G. 2012   90th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Using technology to support understanding in a high poverty school
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2012   1st Annual Wayne State University College of Education Poverty Conference and Symposium
Fostering beliefs and views of pre-service middle school mathematics teachers about technology
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
Fostering TPACK development in pre-service middle school mathematics teachers
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2011   15th Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
Studying the quadratic function: A historical and technological perspective
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2011   89th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Project MINDSET
Chelst, K.R. & Edwards, T. G. 2011   Conference for the International Federation of Operational Research Societies
Tale of two cities: Complementary or opposing views of students and teachers
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G. 2011   Annual Fall Conference of the School Science and Mathematics Association
The effects of multiple linked representations: An analysis of clinical interviews
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2011   Annual Fall Conference of the School Science and Mathematics Association
A comparison of pre-service and in-service teachers beliefs about TI-Nspire following an initial experience
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2010   14th Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
Using TI-Nspire to discover the corner point principle
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2010   88th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
A comparison of mathematics teachers' and students' views on the new generation handheld technology
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G. 2009   31st Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
The analysis of mathematics teachers' and students' initial experiences with and views on the new generation of graphing calculator
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2009   13th Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
Learning about regression with real and virtual spaghetti
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A. 2009   the 87th Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Publications

Linking LEGO and algebra
Özgün-Koca, S. A., Edwards, T. G. & Chelst, K. R.   2015 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 20(7) 400-407
Investigating integer restrictions in linear programming
Edwards, T. G., Chelst, K. R., Principato, A., & Wilhelm, T.   2015 Mathematics Teacher 109(2) 136-142
Linear programming in the classroom using GeoGebra
Edwards, T. G. & Chelst, K. R.   2015 Mathematics Teaching 246 8-11
Media clips: Proportions! Proportions!
Edwards, T. G. & Özgün-Koca, S. A.   2014 Mathematics Teacher 107(8) 572-574
Linear programming with several decision variables
Edwards, T. G. & Chelst, K. R.   2014 Mathematics Teacher 108(1) 64-69
Rethinking ratios, rates, and percentages
Chelst, K. R., Özgün-Koca, S. A., & Edwards, T. G.   2014 Mathematics Teaching 240 26-28
Developing authentic real world problems
Edwards, T. G., Ozgun-Koca, S. A., & Chelst, K. R.   2013 Mathematics in Michigan 46(2) 18-21
Using clinical interviews to understand students' learning processes in a technological environment
Ozgun-Koca, S. A., Edwards, T. G.   2013 Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference of PME-NA 497-500
Interpreting boxplots with multiple linked representations
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G.   2013 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 18(8) 508-513
Controlling inventory: Real world mathematical modeling
Edwards, T. G., Ozgun-Koca, S. A., & Chelst, K. R.   2013 Mathematics Teacher 107(1) 52-57
Exercise away the Big Mac: Ratios, rates, and proportions in context
Ozgun-Koca, S. A., Edwards, T. G., & Chelst, K. R.   2013 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 19(3) 184-188
A students' reach should exceed her grasp, or what's technology for?
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A.   2012 Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of PME-NA 389
Early O.R. education
Chelst, K. & Edwards, T.   2012 OR/MS Today 39(4) 34-38
Virtual data collection for real understanding
Ozgun-Koca, S. A, & Edwards, T. G.   2011 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 16(6) 362-367
Hands-on, minds-on or both? A discussion of the development of a mathematics activity by using virtual and physical manipulatives
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G.   2011 Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching 30(4) 389-402
Drawing a regression line between spaghetti and basketball?
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G.   2010 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 16(1) 50-55
Studying the quadratic function from a to c: An historical perspective.
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S.A.   2010 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 15(8) 458-465
Using TI-Nspire to enhance the teaching of a geometric theorem
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S.A.   2010 Journal of the Research Center for Educational Technology 6(2) 94-101
When will I ever use this stuff?
Chelst, K., Edwards , T., Young, R., Keene, K., Norwood, K. & Pugalee, D.   2010 OR/MS Today 37(4) 42-45
Creating a mathematical "B" Movie: The effect of b on the graph of a quadratic
Edwards, T. G. & Ozgun-Koca, S. A.   2009 Mathematics Teacher 103(3) 214-220
Pre-service teachers' reflections on the new generation of learning handhelds
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G.   2008 TI Newsletter: MTE-online
Can You Imagine ... 500,000 Prep Proponents of O.R.?
Chelst, K., Edwards , T., Young, R., Keene, K., & Royster, D.   2008 OR/MS Today 35(4) 22-26
Project MINDSET: High School Mathematics and Operations Research
Chelst, K., Edwards , T., Young, R., Keene, K., & Royster, D.   2008 TutORials in Operations Research 2008 320-330
Using the ancient method of false position to find solutions
Edwards, T. G.   2008 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 14(4) 252-254
The new generation of handheld calculators: Can your students "Bend it like Beckham?"
Ozgun-Koca, S. A. & Edwards, T. G.   2008 Mathematics Teacher 102(1) 70-74
Purchasing a used car using multiple criteria decision-making
Edwards, T.G. & Chelst. K.R.   2007 Mathematics Teacher 101(2) 126-135
Using ancient Egyptian fractions to review fraction concepts
Edwards, T. G.   2005 Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 10(5) 226-229
Does this line ever move? Everyday applications of operations research.
Chelst, K. R. & Edwards, T. G.   2005 .
The HSOR project: Insinuating OR into high school mathematics classrooms
Edwards, T. G. & Chelst, K. R.   2004 INFORMS Transactions in Education 4(3)
Sets of sets: A cognitive obstacle
Brenton, L. & Edwards, T. G.   2003 College Mathematics Journal 34(1) 31-38
Queueing theory: A rational approach to the problem of waiting in line
Edwards, T. G. & Chelst, K. R.   2002 Mathematics Teacher 95(5) 372-376