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ANSERS Co-hosts Mathematics Cognition Conference

Math Cognition10The TCU College of Education’s Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute co-sponsored the 2016 Mathematics Cognition Conference May 19-20.

ANSERS Director Lindy Crawford attended the conference last year and thought it was a thought-provoking conference with presentations by well-respected national and international researchers. She saw an opportunity for TCU, the College of Education and the ANSERS Institute to host conference guests from all over the world.

“When it comes to educational priorities, mathematics does not receive the same kind of attention as does literacy,” Crawford said. “It is critical that all students develop higher-order mathematical thinking in order to prepare them for higher education and the workforce.”

This year’s theme focused on The Role of Linguistic and Cultural Factors in Mathematical Cognitive Development. Other participating schools and organizations included the University of Virginia School of Education and the National Institutes of Health.

The conference agenda included a poster competition, presentations and discussions on mathematical cognition and learning. This conference was the fourth in a series of five conferences made possible by a grant proposal written by Dr. Daniel Berch of the University of Virginia and Dr. David Geary of the University of Missouri. The grant is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development and the Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.