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Interim Academic Unit Head; Professor, Math Education
Year Started at JMU: 2000
lovinla@jmu.edu
Contact Info

Research Description

Dr. Lovin explores ways to incorporate research-based frameworks about how students learn mathematics into classroom instruction. Recently, she has been investigating the use of a fractions learning trajectory to assess students’ fraction understanding. She has also helped design instructional interventions to support students’ learning of fractions, and has published articles on this work in the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education and through PME-NA. She also co-authored the Teaching Student-Centered Mathematics Professional Development Series as well as Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully: Solutions for Reaching Struggling Learners.

Education
  • PhD in Mathematics Education, 2000, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • MS in Mathematics, 1995, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
  • BS in Computer Science, 1985, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Select Publications
  • Lovin, L., Stevens, A., Siegfried, J., Wilkins, J., & Norton, A. (2018). Prek–8 preservice teachers’ understanding of fractions: An extension of fractions schemes and operations research. Journal for Mathematics Teacher Education, 21(3), 207-235. DOI: 10.1007/s10857-016-9357-8.
  • Stevens, A., Wilkins, J., Lovin, L., Siegfried, J., Norton, A. & Busi, R. (2018). Promoting sophisticated fraction constructs through instructional changes in a mathematics course for preK-8 prospective teachers. Journal for Mathematics Teacher Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10857-018-9415-5.
  • Allsopp, D., Lovin, L., & Vaningen, S. (2018). Teaching Mathematics Meaningfully: Solutions for Reaching Struggling Learners (2nd Ed.). Baltimore, Brookes Publishing.

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