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Anita A. Wager

Associate Chair, Teacher Education, Department of Teaching and Learning
Director, Elementary Education, Department of Teaching and Learning
Professor of the Practice, Math Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Research

My research focuses on teacher education that supports culturally relevant and socially just mathematics teaching in early childhood and elementary school. I work with prospective and practicing teachers to develop mathematics pedagogy that draws on children’s multiple mathematical resources including: mathematical thinking; mathematics (and other) experiences in homes and communities; and the mathematics children engage with in play. I addition to having research published in Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of Teacher Education, and Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, my scholarly contributions also include a co-authored book, Young children’s arithmetic: Cognitively guided instruction for preschool and kindergarten, and a co-edited book, Teaching mathematics for social justice: Conversations with educators. I am currently co-PI on two NSF funded projects to study students’ access and agency to mathematics learning.

Short Bio

I earned a B.S. in business and finance from University of Delaware and an M.B.A. from Columbia University. After working for several years as an investment banker and securities analyst I earned my M.A.T. from Johns Hopkins and taught 5th grade for five years in an ethnically, linguistically, and economically diverse school in the Columbia, MD. After receiving my PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison I joined the faculty in the department of curriculum and instruction. Currently I teach courses for graduate and undergraduate students seeking elementary education degrees and direct the elementary education program.