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Associate Professor, Mathematics Education; Assistant Department Head
Year Started at JMU: 2012
stevenal@jmu.edu
Contact Info
Website: http://alexisstevens.weebly.com

Research Description

My primary scholarly interest is understanding the fraction content knowledge of prospective PreK-8 teachers within the framework of fraction schemes and operations (Steffe & Olive, 2010). In particular, I am interested in understanding how prospective PreK-8 teachers develop fraction content knowledge and how to best support that development. My primary teaching responsibility is mathematics content courses for prospective PreK-8 teachers, so my research is both informed by and informs my teaching.

Education
  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics Education, 2012, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • MS in Mathematics, 2007, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • BA in Mathematics, 2005, Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Select Publications
  • Stevens, A. L., Wilkins, J. L. M., Lovin, L. A., Siegfried, J. M., Norton, A., Busi, R. (2018). Promoting sophisticated fraction constructs through instructional changes in a mathematics course for PreK-8 prospective teachers. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, DOI:10.1007/s10857-018-9415-5
  • Lovin, L. A., Stevens, A. L., Siegfried, J. M., Wilkins, J. L. M., & Norton, A. (2018). PreK-8 prospective teachers’ understanding of fractions: An extension of fraction schemes and operations. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1007/s10857-016-9357-8
  • Busi, R., Lovin, L. A., Norton, A., Siegfried, J. M., Stevens, A. L., & Wilkins, J. L. M. (2015). An investigation of PreK-8 preservice teachers’ construction of fraction schemes and operations. In T. G. Bartell, K. N. Bieda, R. T. Putnam, K. Bradfield, & H. Dominguez (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, pp. 616-623. East Lansing, MI: Michigan State University.

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