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Frank Lester

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BIO

I teach mathematics pedagogy courses for prospective elementary and middle grades teachers and also research design courses for graduate students in Curriculum & Instruction. My research interests involve the study of the development of students' problem-solving ability. 

EXPERTISE

The role of metacognition in mathematical problem solving (especially in young children, ages 6-12)
Effects of cognitive skills training and instruction on mathematical problem solving performance 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS


Kehle, P. & Lester, F. K. (2002). A semiotic analysis of the abstraction phase of mathematical modeling. In R. Lesh & H. Doerr (Eds.), Beyond constructivism: Models and modeling perspectives on mathematics problem solving, learning, and teaching. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Lesh, R., Lester, F. K. , & Hjalmarson, M. A. (2002). A models and modeling perspective on metacognitive functioning in everyday situations where mathematical constructs need to be developed. In . In R. Lesh & H. Doerr (Eds.), Beyond constructivism: Models and modeling perspectives on mathematics problem solving, learning, and teaching. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Lester, F. K. & Kehle, P. (2002). From problem solving to modeling: An evolution in thinking. In R. Lesh & H. Doerr (Eds.), Beyond constructivism: Models and modeling perspectives on mathematics problem solving, learning, and teaching. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Lester, F. K. & Wiliam, D. (2002). What should mathematics education research be about? In L. English (Ed.), Handbook of international research in mathematics education. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Masingila, J. O., Lester, F. K., & Raymond, A. (2002). Mathematics for elementary teachers via problem solving. (3 vols.) Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Lester, F. K. & Charles, R. I. (Eds.) (2003). Teaching mathematics through problem solving: PreK - 6. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Charles, R.I., Lester, F.K., & Lambdin, D. V. (2004). Problem-solving experiences: Making sense of mathematics (series of 6 books for students in grades 3 - 8 with accompanying teacher editions). Palo Alto, CA: Dale Seymour Publications.

Kloosterman, P. & Lester, F. K. (Eds.). (2004). The 1990 through 2000 mathematics assessment of the National Assessment of Educational Progress: Results and interpretations. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Lester, F. K. & Ferrini-Mundy Eds.). (2004). Proceedings of the Standards Impact Research Catalyst Conference. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Lester, F. K. & Lambdin, D. V. (2004). Teaching mathematics through problem solving. In B. Clarke, D. Clarke, G. Emanuelsson, B. Johansson, D. V. Lambdin, F. K. Lester, A. Wallby, & K. Wallby (Eds.), International perspectives on learning and teaching mathematics (pp. 189 - 203). Gothenburg, Sweden: National Center for Mathematics Education.

Lester, F. K., McCormick, K. & Kapusuz, A. (2004). Prospective teachers' beliefs about mathematics. In B. Clarke, D. Clarke, G. Emanuelsson, B. Johansson, D. V. Lambdin, F. K. Lester, A. Wallby, & K. Wallby (Eds.), International perspectives on learning and teaching mathematics (pp. 555 - 567). Gothenburg, Sweden: National Center for Mathematics Education.

Cai, J. & Lester, F. K. (2005). Solution representations and pedagogical representations in Chinese and U.S. classrooms. Journal of Mathematical Behavior.

Lester, F. K. (2005). On the theoretical, conceptual and philosophical foundations for research in mathematics education. Zentralblatt fur Didaktik der Mathematik (International Reviews of Mathematics Education). 37(6), 457-467.

Hamilton, E., Lesh, R., Lester, F. K., & Yoon, C. (2006). The use of reflection tools in building personal models of problem solving. In R. Lesh (Ed.), Foundations for the future. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Kloosterman, P. & Lester, F. (Eds.). (2007). Results and interpretations of the 2003 mathematics assessment of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Lester, F. K. (2007). Balancing interest in fundamental understanding with considerations of usefulness in mathematics education research. Plenary lecture. Proceedings of the Fifth Congress on European Research in Mathematics Education. Larnaca, Cyprus.

Lester, F. K., Jr. (Ed.). (2007). Second handbook of research on mathematics teaching and learning. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Lester, F. K., Dossey, J., Lindquist, J. (2007). Challenges and opportunities in the analysis of NAEP mathematics results. In P. Kloosterman & F. Lester (Eds.), Results and interpretations of the 2003 mathematics assessment of the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.