Lorraine M Males


Recent and Upcoming



Exploring US textboooks' treatment of the estimation of linear measurements. (in press). ZDM


Reasoning-and-proof in geometry textbooks: What is being proved? (2011). PME-NA 33 Proceedings


Textual expression of area measurement in elementary curricula: Illuminating opportunities to learn. (2011). PME-35 Proceedings.


Challenges of critical colleagueship: Examining and reflecting on study group interactions. (2010). Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Special Issue on Teacher Change. Online at: SpringerLink




PME-NA 2011 (Reno, NV)

Reasoning-and-proof in geometry textbooks: What is being proved?


AMTE 2012 (Fort Worth, TX)

Curriculum for professional development: Examining teachers' opportunities to learn from middle school mathematics curriculum materials


NCTM 2012 (Philadelphia, PA)

Dynamic computer simulations for promoting discussions of spatial measurement


Curricular treatment of common key concepts across measures


Proof in geometry textbooks: Not all opportunities are created equal


PME 2011 (Ankara, Turkey)

Textual expression of area measurement in elementary curricula: Illuminating opportunities to learn



About Me

I am finishing my last year as a doctoral candidate in Mathematics Education in the Division of Science and Mathematics Education at Michigan State University and a fellow for the Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum. I am currently working on my dissertation entitled Curriculum for Professional Development: An Examination of Teachers' Opportunities to Learn from Middle School Mathematics Curriculum Materials. Before moving to Michigan, I taught middle school and high school mathematics for 8 years in both public and private schools in New York, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Please use the tabs above to find out more about my work.

Research Projects

Strengthening Tomorrow's Education in Measurement [STEM]

  PI: Dr. Jack Smith


NSF-funded project examining the capacity of K – 6 curricula to provide opportunities for the robust learning of spatial measurement and engage pre- and in-service teachers in professional development in spatial measurement.

STEM Website

Discourse Analysis: A Catalyst for Reflective Inquiry in Discourse in Mathematics Classrooms [CRIMC]

  PI: Dr. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann



NSF-funded project studying the nature of discourse in mathematics classrooms and the process of teachers engaged in practitioner research.


Development Projects

Mathematics Discourse in Secondary Classrooms [M-DISC]

  PIs: Dr. Beth Herbel-Eisenmann (MSU), Dr. Michael Steele (MSU), & Dr. Michelle Cirillo (UDel)


NSF-funded project to develop practice-based professional development materials focused on promoting rich mathematical classroom discourse.

M-DISC Website


Research Interests

I am interested in teacher education and curriculum. Learning to teach is complex and as the demands placed on teachers increase, teachers' abilities to learn and adapt become increasingly important. I am particularly interested in what and how teachers learn from curriculum materials and in doing research that helps teachers improve their own classroom practices.


University Teacher Education

  Secondary Field Instruction


worked with 7 mathematics interns in the Lansing Area
  Secondary Methods Instructor



worked as an instructor for the senior-level seminar, microteaching lab, and minor teaching lab
  Professional Development Facilitator, STEM


worked with PD facilitators who in turn worked with elementary teachers on spatial measurement
  Consultant, Building Capacity in Algebra


worked with middle school teachers to improve algebra instruction
K-12 Mathematics Education


Middle School mathematics teacher (3 years)

High school mathematics teacher (5 years)


Fellowships & Grants

Leadership Fellowship
The Graduate School, MSU
Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  College of Natural Sciences, MSU
Research Continuation Fellowship
  College of Natural Sciences, MSU
Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum

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