Dr. Benson's professional interests include number theory, problem solving, the history of mathematics, and teacher education.
Professional Title: Associate Professor of Mathematics
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Algebraic Number Theory, Problem Solving, Content-based professional development for inservice and preservice teachers
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Problem Solving
Topics in Geometry
Transition to Abstract Mathematics
Field Research in Mathematics
Mathematics in Context
Education: BS, University of Texas at Austin; MS, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Lenses on Learning Secondary: Leadership for Mathematics Education in Middle and High Schools, Grant, C. M. et al., Corwin Press, 2009. “Problem Solving by Analogy/Problem Solving as Analogy,” The Mathematics Educator, Fall 2007, 17(2), 2-6.Ways to Think About Mathematics: Activities and Investigations for Grade 6-12 Teachers, Benson, S. et.al., Corwin Press, 2004. “A modified discovery approach to teaching and learning abstract algebra,” with Brad Findell, in Innovations in Teaching Abstract Algebra, MAA Notes #60, eds. Hibbard, A. & Maycock, E., Mathematical Association of America, 2002, pp. 11-17.
Fun Facts: Plays alto, tenor, and bass trombone with Calliope, Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, The Summer Street Brass, MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and various local opera companies
Tell me and I will forgetShow me and I may not rememberInvolve me and I will understand(Native American Saying)Mathematics is like a video game - it can be fun, but it requires effort.And if you just sit and watch, you’re wasting your quarter (and semester).
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