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A Master of Learning

Dr. Arthur B. Powell has forged international collaborations in mathematics education.  He has established partnerships between mathematics educators at Rutgers University and those in Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil and Haiti; most recently, he and a Rutgers University, Newark, graduate student went to Haiti to establish a professional development project for elementary school teachers called Elevating Learning above Teaching.

Powell is a student of the innovative teaching principles developed by psychologist and mathematician Caleb Gattegno, who believed that "teaching is subordinated to learning." He incorpoated Gattegno’s pedagological methods into the Haiti school project as well as at the Bronx Charter School for Better Learning, which Powell co-founded.  Powell also directs the school’s professional development program for mathematics teachers.

Powell has taught at Rutgers University in Newark since 1981. His research interests focus on writing and mathematics learning; ethnomathematics; development of mathematical ideas, reasoning, and heuristics; teacher professional development in the mathematics for teaching; and collaborative problem solving in mathematics with technology.  

Powell also directs the Research Group on Communication, Technology, and Mathematics Learning and its instructional project, eMath.   Currently, in collaboration with researchers at Drexel University, he is a principal investigator of a research project, funded by the National Science Foundation, “Computer-Supported Math Discourse among Teachers and Students.”,

Powell is the author of many scholarly articles and books, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Mathematical Behavior; Boletim GEPEM: O Boletim do Grupo de Estudos e Pesquisas em Educação Matemática [The Bulletin of the Study and Research Group in Mathematics Education, published in Brazil]; and BOLEMA: O Boletim de Educação Matemática [BOLEMA: The Bulletin of Mathematics Education, published in Brazil].  He is the past vice president of the International Study Group for Ethnomathematics and, with Marilyn Frankenstein and John Volmink, co-founder and co-editor of the Criticalmathematics Educator Newsletter.  

He received his B.A. in mathematics and statistics from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA; his master of arts in mathematics from the University of Michigan; and the PhD in mathematics education from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.

In adition to his roles as department chair & associate professor in the Department of Urban Education, Rutgers University, Newark, Powell is a faculty research scientist and associate director of the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning, Rutgers Graduate School of Education, New Brunswick.

More information is at http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~powellab/