Radford professor of mathematics leads team of researchers in publishing timely arguments concerning math instruction


A special issue of “Research in Mathematics Education” delves into the important and timely matter of mathematics teachers’ knowledge and measurements in place to determine the quality of math instruction in schools.

Guiding the project from an editorial position was Radford University Professor of Mathematics and Statistics Agida Manizade, Ph.D.

“The goal of the SI [special issue] is to examine current strategies used by researchers to design measures of the different types of knowledge needed for teaching mathematics,” Manizade wrote in the publication’s editorial. “Researchers use a wide range of theoretical frameworks to conceptualize and develop measures of different types of teachers’ knowledge.”

The special issue includes a “discussion of theoretical and methodological challenges associated with the design of measures from a diverse group of researchers,” Manizade wrote.

“Research in Mathematics Education” is a top-tier research journal devoted to mathematics education and is the official journal of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics. The special issue, published online August 25, was a collaborative project of mathematics education researchers from all over the world.

Manizade and Chandra Orrill Ph.D., a professor of mathematics education at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, served as co-editors of the project that took 18 months to complete.

“The main attraction of this project,” Manizade said, “was that we created an opportunity for the researchers from different parts of the world — nine different countries — to collaborate and to present their work on the aforementioned topic, from completely different perspectives.”

Manizade worked with researchers and authors from the United States, South Africa, Germany, Iceland, Austria, Italy, Brazil, Switzerland and Norway to produce the special issue.

The “Research in Mathematics Education” special issue is available online.

Serving as editor of an esteemed research journal is nothing new to Manizade.

She continues to serve as editor-in-chief of the “Virginia Mathematics Teacher” journal, a bi-annual print and electronic publication geared toward mathematics educators, students and professionals. It won the prestigious National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Publication Award for Outstanding Journal in 2018. It was the first time the Virginia-based journal won the national award.

Manizade began teaching at Radford University in 2009, and in 2019, she was among the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award winners.

Sep 8, 2020
Chad Osborne