Aaron Weinberg

Aaron Weinberg

Professor, Mathematics
School: School of Humanities and Sciences
Phone: 607-274-7081
Office: Williams Hall 311C, Ithaca, NY 14850
Speciality: Mathematics Education

I joined the mathematics department at Ithaca College in 2005. I teach a wide range of undergraduate mathematics courses, including introductory statistics and calculus, courses about the history and philosophy of mathematics, and classes for students who are aspiring teachers. In all of my classes I design activities and projects that have students exploring, discussing, and collaborating.

My research interests are in mathematics education, which is a field that uses tools from psychology, philosophy, history, sociology, and literary criticism (and more!) to investigate how people learn and understand mathematics and statistics. I love working with students on research projects, and have co-authored several papers with students.

I am currently investigating the ways students use and interpret various mathematical texts—textbooks, video lectures, and (live) lectures. As teachers adopt new types of pedagogies—in particular, "flipped" classroom techniques—it is increasingly important to understand how we can help students use these text materials effectively. To investigate this, I draw upon ideas from semiotics, embodied cognition, sense-making theory, reader-oriented theory, and narratology to describe what—and how—students learn from experiencing and interacting with these texts.

file-outline Curriculum Vitae - cv-aweinberg.pdf (70.09 KB)

Calculus Videos Project

I am the principal investigator on a grant from the National Science Foundation to help instructors design videos to better promote student learning of mathematics—in particular, for Calculus. Working with colleagues in Oklahoma and Arkansas, we are collecting data about how students use, engage with, and learn from calculus video lectures. In particular, we are using eye-tracking technology to identify what students actually look at when watching the video lectures to better understand how students are thinking and how we can make the videos more engaging.

We have several students who are working as research assistants on this project. If you are interested in learning more about doing education research, please contact me!