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Tracy Dobie

Tracy Dobie

Postdoctoral Fellow


Annenberg Hall
Room 238
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-2984

Biography

Tracy Dobie is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Miriam Sherin and Dr. Bruce Sherin. She received her PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University in 2016, where she was advised by Dr. Carol Lee and Dr. Edd Taylor. Tracy's research interests center on issues of motivation and equity in elementary and middle school mathematics education. Her dissertation work focused on students' perceptions of the usefulness of mathematics. Specifically, she investigated the range of conceptions of utility held by middle school students, as well as connections between mathematics and students' out-of-school lives. Using that information, she designed problem-solving tasks intended to promote perceptions of utility and enhance engagement among students. Tracy is currently working on several projects exploring the use of online platforms for professional development for mathematics teachers. In particular, the projects consider the affordances and constraints of using online platforms for sharing and engaging in conversations around mathematics classroom videos. 


Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2016 PhD, Learning Sciences Northwestern University
2007 AB, Psychology Princeton University

Dissertation

Year Title  
2016 Middle School Students’ Conceptions of the Usefulness of Mathematics: A Sociocultural Approach to the Study of Utility Value

Selected Publications

Mesiti, C., Clarke, D., Dobie, T.E., White, S, & Sherin, M. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). “What do you see that you can name?” Documenting the language teachers use to describe phenomena in middle school mathematics classrooms in Australia and the USA in Kaur, B., Ho, W.K., Toh, T.L., & Choy, B.H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 241-248). Singapore: PME.

Dobie, Tracy (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). A sociocultural examination of utility value in mathematics: The role of interdependence in middle school students' perceptions of usefulness in Hannula, M., Leder, G., Morselli, F., Vollstedt, M., Zhang, Q., International Congress on Mathematical Education TSG 28: Affect, Beliefs and Identity in Mathematics Education Springer Editor .

Dobie, T.E. (July, 2017). A comparison of students’ and teachers’ conceptions of the usefulness of mathematics. in Kaur, B., Ho, W.K., Toh, T.L., & Choy, B.H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education  (pp. 22). Singapore: PME.

Dobie, T.E. (July, 2017). Features of adolescents’ engagement with mathematics in the classroom and in everyday life in Kaur, B., Ho, W.K., Toh, T.L., & Choy, B.H. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education  (pp. 187). Singapore: PME.

Dobie, T.E. & Anderson, E.R. (April, 2015). Interaction in teacher communities: Three forms teachers use to express contrasting ideas in video clubs. Teaching and Teacher Education: 230-240.

Selected Presentations

Dobie, T.E., White, S., & Sherin, M. (October, 2017). Towards a shared language of instruction: Exploring teachers’ lexicon for mathematics teaching and learning.   Proceedings of the 39th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Indianapolis, IN.

Dobie, T.E. (October, 2017). Subject level zoom: A new lens for studying students’ perceptions of the usefulness of mathematics. Proceedings of the 39th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Indianapolis, IN.

Dobie, T.E. (April, 2017). Enhancing student engagement and perceived usefulness through task design.   National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Richards, J., Fox, A., Shim, S., Anderson, E., Dobie, T.E., Sherin, B., Lee, J., Thompson, J., Kazemi, E., Lomax, K., & Sherin, M. (April, 2017). Designing for K-2 teacher learning about modeling in practice-based online courses. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association . San Antonio, TX.

Dobie, T.E. (February, 2017). Conceptions of usefulness in mathematics: What does it mean to students for mathematics to be useful?. Keynote lecture at the symposium "Meaningful Learning of Mathematics: A Perspective from Different Angles". Bremen, Germany.

Dobie, T.E. (July, 2016). Interdependence in Middle School Students' Conceptions of Usefulness in Mathematics. Paper presented at the 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education. Hamburg, Germany.

Dobie, T.E. (June, 2015). Students' conceptions of the usefulness of mathematics: Examining the alignment between adolescents' values and perceptions of utility.  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Jean Piaget Society. Toronto, ON, Canada.

Dobie, T.E. (April, 2014). The Usefulness of Mathematics: Individual vs. Group Conceptions of Utility in Mathematics Education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Dobie, T.E. & Taylor, E.V. (April, 2014). Religious Practices and Mathematical Problem Solving: The Role of Problem Context in Rational Number Understanding.  Report presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Philadelphia, PA.

Dobie, T.E. (February, 2014). Managing the Open Discussion of Contrasting Ideas in Video Clubs.  Brief Report presented at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE). Irvine, CA.

Dobie, T.E. (November, 2013). Religious Participation and Mathematical Problem Solving: The Relation Between Risk-Taking and Problem Context.  Poster presented at the PME-NA Annual Conference. Chicago, IL.

Taylor, E.V. & Dobie, T.E. (April, 2013). The Social Context of Mathematical Problem-Solving Strategies: The Role of Religious Engagement. Poster presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Pre-session. Denver, CO.

Dobie, T.E. (April, 2013). The Role of Social Context in Mathematical Risk-Taking. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association . San Francisco, CA.

Dobie, T.E. (November, 2012). Who's At Bat and Does it Matter? Using Agent-Based Baseball Models to Promote Mathematical Reasoning. Poster presented at the PME-NA Annual Conference . Kalamazoo, MI.

Dobie, T.E. & Anderson, E. (April, 2012). Managing Conflict in Video Clubs. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Vancouver, Canada.

Research Interests

Student motivation in mathematics, equitable learning opportunities, perceived utility in mathematics, urban education, informal learning of mathematics, mathematics teacher education (elementary and middle school).



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