2023 Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML) Presentation Experience

Dr. Yi-Yin (Winnie) Ko, an Associate Professor in the Department of  Mathematics and Computer Science; Program Coordinator Connor Goodwin; and two ISU distance master’s students— Ashley Johnson and Erick Herrera gave two presentations at the 2023 Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML) Conference in Las Vegas.

The first presentation, entitled “Effects of using the class-based criteria for proof,” was presented by Dr. Ko and Ms. Johnson. The main goal of the presentation was to show how the development of classroom-based proof rubrics can support undergraduate mathematics majors to learn proof as a communal, negotiated, and sense-making process. The second presentation, “Rebuilding students’ love for mathematics,” funded by the Indiana Department of Education, was presented by Dr. Ko, Mr. Goodwin and Mr. Herrera. The primary purpose of this presentation was to demonstrate that origami-based activities can support middle school students whose mathematical learning was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to promote their interest in mathematics.

By presenting the research projects at the 2023 RCML, each student could hear questions and comments from the mathematics education community. This presentation experience reignited their passion for mathematics education research and excited them to begin their future careers as community mathematics teachers or mathematics professors.