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Basil Conway

Assistant Professor of Secondary Mathematics Education

Basil Conway

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Basil Conway

Position: Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
Office: Frank Brown Hall 3351
Phone: 706-565-1411
E-mail: conway_basil@columbusstate.edu
Bio

Office Hours

Monday 9-11 Jordan Hall 118
Wednesday 9-11 Jordan Hall 118
Thursday 4-5pm Frank Brown Hall 3351

Education

Auburn University, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education

Colorado State University; Fort Collins, CO, Master of Science in Applied Statistics

Auburn University, Master of Science in Mathematics Education

Auburn University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Mathematics Education

Specialty Area

Mathematics and Statistics Education

Bio

My current research in mathematics education has focused in two areas. The first has been in reducing the opportunity gap for students who are traditionally underrepresented in advanced mathematics courses. My second most current research area has focused on the use of the dual internship model to promote a professional learning community between teacher candidates and the master mentor teacher. I have served in two parts with this model and am collaborating with three other universities nationally to highlight the impact and risks of such placements. 

My research interests in the education of mathematical content focus in statistics.  My current research relates to the use of the Statistical Reasoning Learning Environment (Garfield and Ben-Zvi, 2008) to increase students’ ability to reason statistically and increase affection toward the subject. My most recent work in statistical content has been at the elementary level developing students understanding of distributions and variation. My statistical interests from my Master’s in Statistical Science at Colorado State University are in the use of benchmark assessments to predict and monitor student achievement through the use of discriminant analysis and multivariate statistics.

I have worked as a public school teacher and community college instructor for the last 10 years and 6 years respectively.  My first two years working in post-secondary education were spent at Jacksonville State University. I enjoy attending to learn more about others work in mathematics education while also presenting my own research to improve teacher, teacher education, and administration practices at the local, state, and national levels.

Publications

Conway, B., Erikson, D., Parish, C., Strutchens, S., & Whitfield, J. (2017). An alternative approach to the traditional internship model.  Paper presented at the Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Eagle Rock, GA. Retrieved from http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gamte/.

Conway, B., Strutchens, M., Martin, W. G., & Kenney, L. (2018). Using Equitable Pedagogy to Increase Students’ Participation in AP Statistics. In D. White, A. Fernandes & M. Civil (Eds.), Access and Equity: Promoting High Quality Mathematics in Grades 9-12. (pp. 65-76) Reston, VA: National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. Purchase at https://www.nctm.org/Store/Products/Access-and-Equity--Promoting-High-Quality-Mathematics-in-Grades-9-12/.

Dillon, F., Martin, W. G., Conway, B., & Strutchens, M. (2017). The common core mathematics companion: The standards decoded for high school; What they say, what they mean, how to teach them. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Publishing. Purchase at https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/the-common-core-mathematics-companion-the-standards-decoded-high-school/book249893.

Strutchens, M., Conway, B., & Hood, A. (2017). Access, equity, empowerment, and advocacy. In A. Culpepper, M. Massey, J. Watson, and J. Zelkowski. Alabama Strategic mathematics planning committee report. Montgomery, AL: Alabama State Department of Education. Retrieved from https://www.alsde.edu/ofc/osl/Documents/.

Conway, B. (2015). A comparison of high school students’ development of statistical reasoning outcomes in high and low statistical reasoning learning environments (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from Auburn University Electronic Theses and Dissertations. (http://hdl.handle.net/10415/4971).

Presentations

Invited Panelist to PMLC Culminating Event: Implementing Effective Mathematics Teaching Practices and Policies Including a Reunion of Past TEAM-Math Leaders, Presenters, and Participants; July 26, 2018; Lee County Board of Education; Opelika, AL; “Panel of Teachers”

Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership; June, 26, 2018; “Paired-Placement: A Collaborative & Empowering Model for Clinical Teaching”

The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference; October 18, 2017; “Developing Statistical Reasoning”

Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators; October 18, 2017; Rock Eagle, GA; “An Alternative Approach to the Traditional Internship”

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics National Teaching Conference Presenter; April 8, 2017; San Antonio, TX; “Using NCTM's Core Math Tools to Deepen Mathematical Connections in Statistics and Functions”

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Innov8 Presenter; November 17, 2016; St. Louis, MI; “Differentiating Instruction through Open Tasks”

Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Fall Forum; November 3-4, 2016; Birmingham, AL; “Differentiating Instruction through Open Tasks”

Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence; October 22, 2016; 11th Annual Sources of Urban Educational Excellence Conference; Atlanta, GA; “Providing Opportunity to Underrepresented Populations to Take Advanced Mathematics”

Hover City Schools; February, 2016; Birmingham, AL; "2016 Deep Dive: Geometry Standards in the Common Core"

Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Presenter; Fall 2015; Birmingham, AL; “Providing Opportunities for Advancement in Mathematics”

National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Regional Presenter; Fall 2015; Minneapolis, MN; “Eliminating Tracking from the Top Down”

Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Co-Presenter; Fall 2014; Birmingham, AL; “Teaching Hypothesis Testing through Randomization Tests”

Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Presenter; Fall 2014; Birmingham, AL; “Using Sampling Techniques to Teach Variation and Sampling Distributions”

Auburn University Mathematics Teacher Society Presenter; Fall 2014; Auburn, AL; “The Statistical Process through Maze Completion Times”

East Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Presenter; Spring 2013; Auburn, AL; “Using the GAISE Report to Guide Instruction”

Alabama Council for Teachers of Mathematics Presenter; Fall 2013; Montgomery, AL; “Using Manipulatives to Factor the Difference of Cubes”

Auburn University Mathematics Teacher Society Presenter; Fall 2012; Auburn, AL; “Understanding Spread using Parametric and Non-Parametric Procedures”

EACTM Fall Forum “A Bigger Bite of the Same Apple” Coordinator for 2012 and presenter for “Mathematical Practice Standards in the Common Core” geared toward administrators

Smart Show Case Schools; March 2012 – “Integrating Smart Technology and Probability”

Colorado State University Oral Thesis Defense - “Thinklink Assessment Validation and Alabama Proficiency Levels Predictions “ (2010)

Auburn City Schools; Drake Middle School; February 2009 Thinklink Presenter for Professional Development

Auburn City Schools Vertical Alignment Presenter; January 2008– “Integrating Technology in the Mathematics Classroom”