Joanne Rossi Becker

Professor Joanne Rossi Becker

MacQuarrie Hall, Room 318B
Phone: (408)924-5112

Research Areas

  • mathematics education


My research interests in mathematics education include gender and mathematics, professional development of mathematics teachers, including classroom coaching, and recently the development of algebraic thinking, in particular the ability to generalize, with colleague Dr. Ferdie Rivera. I have been conducting research on gender issues in mathematics since the late 70s and am currently co-editing a scholarly volume on International Perspectives on Gender and Mathematics. I have also been active in making issues of gender and math prominent within professional organizations in mathematics education and have directed several masters' theses on related topics. I direct a number of professional development grants in mathematics, the longest-running of which is the Santa Clara Valley Mathematics Project, one of the state-funded math projects across the state. My research on professional development includes one of the few studies extant on the effects of classroom coaching in mathematics. Recently Dr. Rivera and I completed a three-year longitudinal study of middle school students that focused on how they developed the ability to generalize patterning activities across the grades. We have a number of published papers that document that work.