Patricia Vela

Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Contact Information


Office Location: Buttrick 353

Office Hours: Fall 2017
Monday and Wednesday, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Buttrick 353
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30-10:20 a.m., BSC 3d floor tables

Academic Degrees

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.S., California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Emory University

Teaching and Scholarly Interests

Patricia Vela’s research interests focus on investigating problem-solving strategies through which people come to solve nonroutine problems with technology. As part of this, she aims to understand the mental development of mathematical ideas, reasoning, and heuristics, as well as the affordances of mathematical tasks. She is particularly interested on how these research directions manifest in collaborative problem solving in mathematics, and teacher professional development.

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