Candace Walkington

Study will teach algebra with student-authored stories that draw on their own interests

Candace Walkington, SMU, algebra, teachingCan students learn algebra from Instagram and video games?

SMU teaching researcher Candace Walkington thinks so. Walkington’s new study, funded by the National Academy of Education, will test that idea. Students will describe how linear relationships approximate what they encounter in their everyday lives, such as how they accumulate followers in Instagram or score points in a video game over time Continue reading

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KQED: In Teaching Algebra, the Not-So-Secret Way to Students’ Hearts

interests300Journalist Katrina Schwartz with California Public Radio station KQED reported on the research of SMU Assistant Professor Candace Walkington, who authored a year-long study of 141 ninth graders at a Pennsylvania high school and found that students whose algebra curriculum was personalized to their interests mastered the concepts faster than those students whose learning wasn’t personalized. Continue reading

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