Choppin Named Associate Professor of Education

Jeffrey Choppin, a faculty member in the teaching and curriculum program, begins the 2011-12 academic year with a promotion to associate professor at the Warner School of Education.
“Jeff’s work is at the nexus of research and practice,” says Raffaella Borasi, dean of the Warner School. “His work has great relevance for schools, both locally and nationally, that are working to improve the way students learn and participate meaningfully in mathematics classes.”
A mathematics educator, Choppin directs the mathematics teacher preparation program at the Warner School. He teaches mathematics education courses to graduate students, who are currently teaching or preparing to become math teachers, as well as doctoral level courses on curriculum theory and teacher education.
Choppin is noted for his research in the teaching and learning of mathematics at the middle- and high-school levels. His research at Warner focuses on the ways teachers develop understanding of student learning, particularly how innovative curriculum materials develop student reasoning around key mathematical concepts. His research connects teachers’ instructional practices, their observations of student thinking, their understanding of the curriculum materials, and students’ opportunities to engage in mathematical practices. The context of much of his research is classrooms that are using high-quality National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded reform curricula designed to help students learn mathematics with understanding. Choppin received a NSF CAREER Award for 2008-13 to support his research in these areas, as well as to develop as a college teacher.
Choppin also has undertaken investigations on issues of equitable classroom practices in mathematics, especially in terms of student participation in intellectually demanding discourse practices. In an effort to help close the achievement gap in math, he co-hosted a four-day, NSF-funded international research conference in 2008 that brought together research on the most promising practices for teaching mathematics to students from diverse backgrounds.
A faculty member since 2003, Choppin brings to Warner expertise as both a researcher and classroom teacher. He previously taught secondary mathematics for 12 years in the Washington, D.C. public schools, where he was recognized with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 1995. He received his doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Wisconsin, master’s in mathematics curriculum and instruction from the University of Maryland, and bachelor’s in economics from the University of Notre Dame.  Read more about Choppin.

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