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Dov Zazkis

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1804
Biography

Dov Zazkis’ primary research interest is the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. His research specifically focuses on student proof production and how informally generated/stated mathematics can inform the generation of fully formed rigorous proofs. The step from understanding what is going on in a given mathematical situation and the communication of this understanding in the form of a proof is a major stumbling block for mathematics majors. Zazkis’ research aims to both elucidate what happens when this process is successful and develop instructional approaches that support this process.

Education

PhD, 2013, University of California San Diego / San Diego State University

 

Publications
  • D. Zazkis. Monsters, secret lovers and former friends: Personification as a lens into pre-service teachers’ relationship with mathematics. For the learning of mathematics (2015).
  • Zazkis, D. & Zazkis, R. Prospective teachers’ conceptions of proof comprehension: Revisiting a proof of the Pythagorean theorem. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education (2015).
  • Zazkis, D., Weber, K., & Mejia-Ramos, J.P. The proving behaviors and competencies of highly successful mathematics majors. Journal of Mathematical Behavior (2015).
  • Zazkis, D. & Nuñez, G. How Departments Use Local Data to Inform and Refine Program Improvement. Insights and Recommendations from the MAA National Study of College Calculus (2015).
  • Zazkis, D., & Villanueva, M. Student conceptions of what it means to base a proof on an informal argument. Proceedings of the Conference for Psychology of Mathematics Education - North American Chapter (2015).
  • Zazkis, D., Weber, K., & Mejia-Ramos, J.P. How do mathematics majors translate informal arguments into formal proofs?. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2015).
  • Zazkis, D., Weber, K., & Mejia-Ramos, J.P. Variation in Successful Mathematics Majors Proving. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2015).
  • Leung, K., Shen, S.P., Rasmussen, C., & Zazkis, D. Calculus from a statistical perspective. College Mathematics Journal (2014).
  • Zazkis, D. Proof-scripts as a lens for exploring students’ understanding of odd/even functions. Journal of Mathematical Behavior (2014).
  • Zazkis, D., Rasmussen, C., & Shen, S.P. A mean-ingful approach for teaching the concept of integration. PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (2014).
  • Zazkis, R. & Zazkis, D. Script writing in the mathematics classroom: Imaginary conversations on the structure of numbers. Research in Mathematics Education (2014).
  • Zazkis, D. & Zazkis, R. Wondering about wonder in mathematics. The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014 (2014).
  • Larsen, S., Johnson, E. & Zazkis, D. Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus: How Calculus Instructors Talk about their Students. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2014).
  • Rasmussen, C., Ellis, J. & Zazkis, D. Features of successful calculus programs at five doctoral degree granting institutions. Proceedings of the Conference for Psychology of Mathematics Education (2014).
  • Rasmussen, C., Ellis, J. & Zazkis, D. Lessons Learned From Case Studies of Successful Calculus Programs at Five Doctoral Degree Granting Institutions. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2014).
  • Zazkis, D. Comparing Calculus Students’ Representation Use Across Different Settings. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2014).
  • Zazkis, D., Weber, K., & Mejia-Ramos, J.P. Activities that mathematics majors use to bridge the gap between informal arguments and proofs. Proceedings of the Conference for Psychology of Mathematics Education (2014).
  • Zazkis, R. & Zazkis, D. Proof Scripts as a Lens for Exploring Proof Comprehension. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2014).
  • . . Review of: Mathematical thinking: how to develop it in the classroom, by Masami Isoda and Shigeo Katagiri, Singapore, World Scientific Publishing Company, 2012 (2013).
  • Zazkis, D. & Zazkis, R. Wondering about wonder in mathematics. Wonder-full Education: The centrality of wonder in teaching and learning across the curriculum (2013).
  • Zazkis, D. Fostering Students’ Understanding of The Connection Between Function and Derivative: A Dynamic Geometry Approach. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2013).
  • Zazkis, D. Odd dialogues on odd and even functions. Proceedings of the Conference for Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (2013).
  • Zazkis, D. Prompted and unprompted transitions between representational modes in calculus. Proceedings of the Conference for Psychology of Mathematics Education - North American Chapter (2013).
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 208Discrete Math for Secondary Ed
MAT 300Mathematical Structures
MAT 492Honors Directed Study
MTE 590Reading and Conference
MTE 598Special Topics
MTE 792Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MTE 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MTE 320Fnd of 7-12 Math Curr Assess
MTE 590Reading and Conference
MTE 598Special Topics
MTE 792Research
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 300Mathematical Structures
MAT 492Honors Directed Study
MTE 590Reading and Conference
MTE 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 300Mathematical Structures
MTE 590Reading and Conference
MTE 792Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAT 300Mathematical Structures
Presentations
  • Zazkis, D. The Role of Informal Arguments in proving: A Tale of Two Studies with Mathematics Majors. Texas State University Mathematics Education Seminar Series (Oct 2014).
  • D. Zazkis. Bridging informal arguments and formal proofs. Oklahoma Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education Conference (Sep 2014).
Service
  • PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, External Reviewer (2015 - Present)
  • Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, Editorial Board Member (2015 - Present)
  • Ashley Duncan (Math Ed PhD student) dissertation committee, Committee memeber (2015 - 2017)
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