- Alison Castro Superfine's research focuses on two primary areas - designing environments for preservice mathematics teacher education to support the development of mathematical knowledge for teaching, and exploring the relationship between the design of mathematics curriculum materials and teachers’ implementation. Both of these research areas are particularly united by an emphasis on design in mathematics education. In the area of preservice teacher education, she broadly designs video-based tools, mathematical tasks, and related activities to improve the mathematical preparation of preservice teachers. In the area of mathematics curriculum, this does include the design mathematics curriculum materials, per se, but rather study how the design of the curriculum influences how teachers use the materials to inform their instruction and ultimately student learning. This information then informs subsequent revisions to the curriculum materials. As such, her research has important implications for the design of preservice mathematics learning environments, especially for ways to support content knowledge development, and the design of K-12 mathematics curricula.
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