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James Middleton

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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6106
Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 7120
Biography

James A. Middleton is Professor of Engineering Education and Director of the Center for Research on Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology at Arizona State University.  Prior to these appointments, Dr. Middleton served as Associate Dean for Research for the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education at Arizona State University for 3 years, and as Director of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction for another 3 years plus.  He received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992, where he also served in the National Center for Research on Mathematical Sciences Education as a postdoctoral scholar for 3 years.

 

Jim’s research interests focus in the following areas where he has published extensively: Children’s mathematical thinking; Teacher and Student motivation in mathematics; and Teacher Change in mathematics.  He is currently developing methodologies for utilizing the engineering design process to improve learning environments in Science, Engineering and Mathematics. He has also written on effective uses of educational technology in mathematics and science education as a natural outgrowth of these interests.  To fund his research, Jim has garnered over $20 million in grants to study and improve mathematics education in urban schools.  He just finished a $1.8 million research grant to model the longitudinal development of fractions, rational number and proportional reasoning knowledge and skills in middle school students, and is currently engaged in a project studying the sustainability of changes in urban elementary teachers’ mathematics practices. All of his work has been conducted in collaborative partnerships with diverse, economically challenged, urban schools. This relationship has resulted in a significant (positive) impact on the direction that partner districts have taken, including a significant increase in mathematics achievement in the face of a rising poverty rate. 

 

Dr. Middleton just finished a term as Senior co-Chair of the Special Interest Group for Mathematics Education in the American Educational Research Association. Previously he served for three years on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Committee, chairing that committee in 2006. He has served on several task forces for the NCTM, is a regular reviewer for the NSF and the Department of Education, and serves on the Boards of several regional and national-level research centers.  He has been a consultant for the Rand Corporation, the National Academies, the American Statistical Association, the IEEE, and numerous school systems around the country.

Research Interests

Student learning of mathematical concepts. Motivation and mathematics learning. Teacher change. Applications of technology to mathematics teaching and learning.

Publications
  • Middleton, J.A., & Jansen, A. Motivation Matters and Interest Counts: Fostering Engagement in Mathematics. (2011).
  • Guerra, P., Hernandez, L., Kim, A., Meneske, M., & Middleton, J. A. Two case studies of fifth grade students’ reasoning about levers. Modeling Students’ Mathematical Competencies (2010).
  • Middleton, J. A., Gorard, S.,Taylor, C., & Bannon-Ritland, B. The compleat design experiment: From soup to nuts. Investigating and assessing complex systems in mathematics, science and technology education (2009).
  • Middleton, J. A. The Preparation and Support of Mathematics and Science Teachers in Arizona. Who Will Teach Our Children? (2008).
  • Middleton, J. A., & Dougherty, B. Doctoral Preparation of Researchers. U. S. Doctorates in Mathematics Education: Developing Stewards of the Discipline (2008).
  • Kim, J. H., Vallejo, C., & Middleton, J. A. Improving Teacher Quality: Proceedings of the 2004 Teacher Quality Enhancement Project Directors’ Meeting. (2005).
  • Kortman, Sharon. Building competence in teaching through a systemic induction, mentoring and professional development model: From support to accountability. Arizona State University (2005).
  • Middleton, J. A., Lesh, R., & Heger, M. Interest, Identity, and Social Functioning: Central Features of Modeling Activity. Beyond Constructivism: A Models & Modeling Perspective on Mathematics Problem Solving (2002).
  • Middleton, J. A., Sawada, D., Judson, E., Bloom, I., & Turley, J. Relationships Build Reform: Developing Partnerships for Research in Teacher Education. Handbook of International Research in Mathematics Education (2002).
  • Middleton, J. A., & Goepfert, P. Inventive Strategies for Teaching Mathematics: Implementing Standards for Reform. (1996).
  • Middleton, J. A., Lesh, R., & Fennewald, T. Modeling Complexity Thinking Utilizing Sustainability Data for Decision-Making. Proceedings of the US-Sino Workshop on Mathematics and Science Education (0).
Research Activity
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-MEEThe ASU Experience
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MEE 489Mech Engineering Design II
MAE 492Honors Directed Study
MAE 493Honors Thesis
MAE 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MEE 489Mech Engineering Design II
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MAE 394Special Topics
MEE 488Mech Engineering Design I
MAE 493Honors Thesis
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-MEEThe ASU Experience
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MEE 489Mech Engineering Design II
MAE 492Honors Directed Study
MAE 593Applied Project
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MEE 489Mech Engineering Design II
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MAE 394Special Topics
MEE 488Mech Engineering Design I
MAE 493Honors Thesis
MAE 593Applied Project
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASU 101-MEEThe ASU Experience
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MEE 489Mech Engineering Design II
MAE 593Applied Project
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MEE 489Mech Engineering Design II
STM 591Seminar
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MEE 488Mech Engineering Design I
MAE 593Applied Project
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 100Introduction to Engineering
ASU 101-MEEThe ASU Experience
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MEE 489Mech Engineering Design II
MAE 593Applied Project
MAE 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 489Mech Engineering Design II
STM 591Seminar
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MAE 488Mech Engineering Design I
MTE 590Reading and Conference
MAE 591Seminar
MAE 593Applied Project
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
FSE 100Introduction to Engineering
ASU 101-MAEThe ASU Experience
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MAE 489Mech Engineering Design II
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 489Mech Engineering Design II
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MAE 301Applied Experimental Statistic
MAE 394Special Topics
MAE 488Mech Engineering Design I
STM 592Research
DCI 599Thesis
DCI 792Research
DCI 799Dissertation