Ken Wright

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Ken is a post-doctoral scholar in the Poincaré Institute for Mathematics Education at Tufts University.  Ken earned his PhD in teaching and learning at Vanderbilt University. He also graduated from Cortland State College with a M.S. in secondary science education and is certified in secondary physics in New York State. He has taught methods for teaching mathematics at Vanderbilt and at Tusculum College in Tennessee. Most recently, he spent one year as a postdoctoral scholar in early childhood mathematics at the University of Denver. There he worked on improving an assessment instrument that has been used by researchers but which is envisioned to be streamlined so that it may become feasible for teachers of young children to use.

His dissertation was based on an ethnographic study of biostatisticians and medical scientists. It explored knowledge production (mathematical demonstrations, discovery of facts, verification of models) as people interact by means of discourse and representational tools. Going forward, he is interested in researching how mathematics teaching can be informed by more attention to the kinds of things people in technological environments do on a daily basis.