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Michelle Zandieh

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5411
Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Assoc Professor
Faculty, POLY Campus, Mailcode 2780
Biography

Program Leader and Associate Professor, Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics, College of Technology and Innovation

Dr. Zandieh conducts research in how students learn undergraduate mathematics. She has a long standing interest in how students learn specific topics in calculus and differential equations. More recently she has also been working on undergraduate students' understanding of the role of mathematical definitions and their strategies of argumentation and proof, especially in the context of geometry. She is interested primarily in qualitative research methods including individual interviews and classroom teaching experiments.

Education

Ph.D., Oregon State University

Expertise

How students learn mathematics

Research Interests
  • How students learn mathematics
  • Qualitative research methods
Publications
  • Michelle Zandieh, J Knapp. Exploring the role of metonymy in mathematical understanding and reasoning: The concept of derivative as an example. Journal of Mathematical Behavior (2006).
  • C Rasmussen, Michelle Zandieh, K King, A Teppo. Advancing mathematical activity: A practice-oriented view of advanced mathematical thinking. Mathematical Thinking and Learning (2005).
  • Clark, P, Zandieh, Michelle. The teacher as a broker in a classroom community of practice. (2005).
  • Larsen, S, Zandieh, Michelle. The role of proof in the process of defining. (2005).
  • Megowan, C, Zandieh, Michelle. A case of distributed cognition (or, many heads make light work?). (2005).
  • J Knapp, Michelle Zandieh. Examples as tools for understanding proof in Geometry. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (2004).
  • L Rettke, Michelle Zandieh, J Knapp. Overcoming difficulties with proof as a group. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (2004).
  • Michelle Zandieh, S Larsen, D Nunley. Mathematizing intuitive notions of symmetry and transformations for use in more formal reasoning. Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (2004).
  • Larsen, S, Zandieh, Michelle, Nunley, D. Mathematizing intuitive notions of symmetry and transformations for use in more formal reasoning. (2004).
  • Rettke, L, Zandieh, Michelle, Knapp, J. Overcoming difficulties with proof as a group. (2004).
  • Larsen, S, Zandieh, Michelle. Exploring the role of metonymy in mathematical understanding and reasoning: the concept of derivative as an example. (2002).
  • Rasmussen, C, Zandieh, Michelle. Defining as a mathematical activity: A realistic mathematics analysis. (2000).
Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 310Introduction to Geometry
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 265Calculus for Engineers I
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 265Calculus for Engineers I
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 265Calculus for Engineers I
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 265Calculus for Engineers I
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 343Applied Linear Algebra
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 265Calculus for Engineers I
Presentations
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Mathematical reasoning as seen through the lens of conceptual blending. Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Feb 2007).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Connor, E, Rasmussen, C. Mathematical knowledge for teaching: The case of complex numbers. Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Feb 2007).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Larsen, C, Rasmussen, C, Nelipovich, J. Modeling perspectives in linear algebra. Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Feb 2007).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Is the derivative a function? Natural language structures that enhance and hinder student understanding. Conference on Integrating Science and Mathematics Education Research into Teaching (Jun 2006).
  • Larsen, S, Zandieh, Michelle. The role of proof in the process of defining. Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting of PME-NA (North American Chapter of the International Group for the P (Oct 2005).
  • Megowan, C, Zandieh, Michelle. A case of distributed cognition (or, many heads make light work?). Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting of PME-NA (North American Chapter of the International Group for the P (Oct 2005).
  • Clark, P, Zandieh, Michelle. The teacher as a broker in a classroom community of practice. Twenty-Seventh Annual Meeting of PME-NA (North American Chapter of the International Group for the P (Oct 2005).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Symmetry in Navajo and Hopi designs. A full day workshop for Korean high school and middle school teachers at Arizona State University (Jul 2005).
  • Larsen, S, Zandieh, Michelle. Proving things are mathematically "the same" and defining mathematical "sameness" or ? how chickens and eggs may evolve reflexively. Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Feb 2005).
  • Knapp, J, Zandieh, Michelle. Examples as Tools for Understanding Proof in Geometry. 26th Annual Meeting of PME-NA (North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology (Oct 2004).
  • Rettke, L, Zandieh, Michelle, Knapp, J. Overcoming Difficulties with Proof as a Group. Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting of PME-NA (North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psy (Oct 2004).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Larsen, S, Nunley, D. Mathematizing Intuitive Notions of Symmetry and Transformations for use in More Formal Reasoning. Twenty-Sixth Annual Meeting of PME-NA (North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psy (Oct 2004).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Triangles on the plane and the sphere. A full day workshop for Korean high school and middle school teachers (Aug 2004).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Larsen, S, Nunley, D. Mathematizing notions of symmetry using transformations. Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Oct 2003).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Graduate programs in mathematics education at Arizona State University. Presentation to a one-day conference for Arizona High School Teachers (Jul 2003).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. What does it mean to understand the concept of derivative?. Two interactive presentations for MTE 598, Issues in the Teaching and Learning of Calculus (Jun 2003).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Nunley, D. Proof eliciting problems and reasoning with transformations. Research Council on Mathematics Learning (Mar 2003).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Exploring the role of metonymy in mathematical understanding and reasoning: the concept of derivative as an example. Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting of PME-NA, (North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education) (Oct 2002).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Nunley, D. Transformational reasoning as a tool for mathematical thinking. Arizona Educational Research Association Annual Conference (Oct 2002).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Transformational reasoning as a tool for defining, conjecture and proof. Joint Mathematics Meetings contributed paper session of the SIGMAA on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Jan 2002).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. 'Are all derivatives that, slope?' A case study of Ingrid. Eisenhower sponsored workshop for middle and high school mathematics teachers (Jun 2001).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Rassmussen, C. Progressive mathematization: The case of defining. Roundtable session at AERA (American Educational Research Association) (Apr 2001).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Rassmussen, C. Defining as a mathematical activity: A realistic mathematics analysis. Twenty-Second Annual Meeting of PME-NA, (North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education) (Oct 2000).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Rassmussen, C, King, K, Teppo, A. Advanced mathematical thinking: Aspects of student mathematical activity. Twenty-Second Annual Meeting of PME-NA, (North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education) (Oct 2000).
  • Zandieh, Michelle, Jacobs, A. The case of Brad: Clarity about rate of change; Confusion about change. Fifth Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Sep 2000).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Metaphor and metonymy in a structured framework for the concept of derivative. Metaphor as a Theory of Learning, Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (Jul 2000).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. Defining as a mathematical activity: A realistic mathematics analysis. Teaching Undergraduate Geometry Conference (Jun 2000).
  • Zandieh, Michelle. A theoretical framework for analyzing student understanding of derivative. Presentation to a visiting working group on student understanding of functions and calculus (Feb 2000).
Service
  • SIGMAA on RUME -- SIG of Mathematical Association of America on Research in Undergraduate Math Ed, Organizational Director (2006 - Present)
  • Journal for the research in mathematics education, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Journal of Mathematical Behavior, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Psychology of Mathematics Education in North America Conference Preceedings, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Research in Collegiate Mathematics Education, Reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA), Invited Participant (2005 - Present)
  • CLAS Quality of Instruction Committee, Committee Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Quality of Instruction, Committee Member (2006 - 2007)
  • Undergraduate Advisory Committee, Committee Member (2005 - 2006)
  • Mathematics Education Hiring Committee, Committee Member (2004 - 2005)
  • SIGMAA on RUME's Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Organizing Committee Memeber (2004)
  • Graduate Advisory Committee, Committee Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Graduate Mentoring Committee, Committee Member (2003 - 2004)
  • Affirmative Action Committee, Committee Member (2002 - 2003)
  • Education, Liason and Outreach Committee, Committee Member (2002 - 2003)
  • CRESMET (Center for Research on Education in Science, Math, Engineering and Technology) Faculty Advisory Board, Committee Member (2000 - 2002)
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Reviewer (2002 - 2002)
  • SIGMAA on RUME (Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education), Nominating Committee Member (2000 - 2001)
  • Steering Committee for a SMET symposium, Committee Member (2000 - 2001)