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Dr. Judy Taylor Publishes New Research in Mathematics


LeTourneau University Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Judy Taylor recently co-authored a paper titled "Preparing Prospective Teachers: An Examination of Attitudes Toward Statistics" that was published in the Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics Education. Other co-authors include Linda Reichwein Zientek, Ph.D.; Tamara Anthony Carter, Ph.D.; and Robert M. Capraro, Ph.D.

Research results suggest that the attitudes of prospective teachers toward statistics had an impact on their academic achievement in a senior level education course and that their students' perceptions of their teaching methods and explanations related to their teacher's attitude toward statistics.

Taylor also recently presented three research papers at the Southwest Educational Research Association conference in San Antonio

Taylor's first presentation was on research with co-author Rosalind Williams at University of Phoenix titled the "Effects of Music Instruction on Mathematics Achievement Using an Integrated Music/Math Experience." The study examined the effects of an integrated music/math experience on students' math achievement in grades pre-kindergarten through sixth grade.

Taylor also presented research on "Tutoring to Teach: Improving Mathematics Instruction for Preservice Teachers," that she co-authored with LETU Associate Professor of Teacher Education Dr. Kathy Stephens. The project addressed the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS) developed and adopted by the State Board of Education (Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) for high school. Preservice teacher tutors interacted with students from intermediate algebra classes as part of the computer-based mathematics lab known as ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces), an online self-paced, mastery course.

Taylor also presented research titled "Development of an Algebra Teacher Self-Efficacy Instrument" which she co-authored with Trena L. Wilkerson at Baylor University, Sara Fuentes at Texas Christian University, Elizabeth K. Ward at Texas Wesleyan University and William A. Jasper at Sam Houston State University. The research targets the need for an effective method to assess teacher confidence in reaching all students in algebra and is designed to develop an instrument to measure teachers' self-efficacy in teaching algebra.

Taylor, who earned her doctorate in mathematics education from Texas A&M, taught mathematics in public high schools for 15 years before she began teaching at LETU in 1997.

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