Westminster College Assistant Education Professor Publishes Research on Teaching Mathematics

Thursday, August 8, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sararose Lynch, assistant professor of education, was published in the August issue of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics journal Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School.

"I-THINK I Can Problem Solve" describes how to implement the I-THINK problem solving instructional strategy for the mathematics classroom. The article reviews two cooperative group instructional strategies that the authors researched with fifth graders: think-pair-share and I-THINK.

"The think-pair-share model is familiar to many," Lynch said. "Students first complete their mathematic problem individually, pair with another student to verbally communicate their reasoning and solution, and then share one of their explanations with other pairs. I-THINK encourages students to analyze a problem individually and cooperatively, consider solution strategies, monitor their efforts, and justify their solution. It differs from think-pair-share because it incorporates cooperative learning and metacognitive instruction to help students be aware of, evaluate, and regulate their mathematical thinking."

Click here to read the entire article.

Lynch co-wrote the article with Jeremy M. Lynch, assistant professor of special education at Slippery Rock University; and Johnna Bolyard, professor of mathematics education at West Virginia University.

Sararose Lynch earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and secondary mathematics education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master's in rehabilitation counseling and Ed.D. in curriculum and instruction from West Virginia University. Her K-12 public education experience includes serving as a mathematics and gifted education teacher, emotional and behavioral support special education teacher, and as a transition counselor at the Maryland State Department of Education.

Contact Lynch at 724-946-7185 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. Sararose Lynch, assistant professor of education