The Ohio State University at Newark

Dornoo to Discuss “What Do Students Bring to the Classroom”

NEWARK, OH, February 17, 2016 - When we think of subjects we learn in elementary school, like mathematics, we don’t think they have an ethnic or cultural identity. Math is something many think of procedurally. If you can understand the procedure, you can solve the problem. However, The Ohio State University at Newark Assistant Professor of Education Michael Dornoo, Ph.D., says there is much more to it than that. Dornoo will present “What Do Students Bring to the Classroom?,” the first installment of a new lecture series called Faculty Talks Outside the Box. The talk will take place on Wednesday, February 24 at 2:45 p.m. in Hopewell Hall 59.

Math has long been viewed as a subject where success is limited. However, over the last several years, mathematics educators have been trying to change this view. Researchers believe mathematics should and could be accessible and enjoyable for all children.

“In today’s 21st century classrooms, there is an urgent need to improve our teaching to students with different backgrounds and experiences,” said Dornoo. “Research shows that when teacher-student relationships are fluid and equitable, students learn to collaborate, share tasks, accept criticism and alternate opinions, respect the decisions of others, construct their own knowledge, and become responsible for each other.”

Dornoo’s research focuses on how cultural differences impact learning, especially mathematics. He will talk about how diverse populations learn and how teachers manage a wide range of cultural diversity in the classroom. Dornoo has taught mathematics to students of all ages, from elementary to college, and has been involved in mathematics teacher education. He currently participates in the Mathematics Coaching Program. This project trains and supports mathematics specialists who work in elementary schools with classroom teachers, assisting and supporting them to implement research-based instruction to improve student mathematics achievement.

During Faculty Talks Outside the Box, Ohio State Newark professors discuss recent research in their fields as it relates to our community. The next talk will be held on March 29 featuring Associate Professor of Political Science Nathaniel Swigger. All talks are free and open to the public.

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