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Robert Capraro

PROFESSIONAL ROLES

  • Higher Ed: Mathematics, Researcher, Evaluator 

BIO

Robert M. Capraro, is Co-Director of Aggie STEM, The Collaboration for STEM Professional Development, and Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Capraro's expertise is applied research in school settings, program evaluation, the teacher as change agent for STEM school improvement, and STEM student achievement. He recently received the best paper award from the International Conference on Engineering Education where he and two colleagues presented their work related to the Aggie STEM project. He is currently involved in research in four school districts and more than 20,000 students and 80 teachers. His editorial work includes Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal, School Science and Mathematics, and Middle Grades Research Journal and the Research Advisory Committee for the Association of Middle Level Education. He was selected as a minority scholar for 2007 by the Educational Testing Service and served as president of the Southwest Educational Research Association. He is the author or co-author of three books, several book chapters and more than 100 journal articles on mathematics education, quantitative research methods, and teacher education published in such venues as Journal of Mathematics Education, International Journal for Studies in Mathematics Education, Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development, LEARNing Landscapes, Special Issue: Mind, Brain and Education, Journal of Mathematical Behavior, European Journal of Psychology of Education, The Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics Education, Urban Review, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, Educational Researcher, Cognition and Instruction, Educational and Psychological Measurement. He recently was awarded a $400,000 dollar grant - - continued support by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to continue his work with developmental education bringing his total external funding to nearly 7 million. He is currently special editor for the Journal of Developmental Education, which will be the outlet for disseminating the THECB work and that of the funded sites. 

EXPERTISE

STEM Education 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Erdogan, N., Corlu, M. S., & Capraro, R. M. (2013). Defining innovation literacy: Do robotics programs help students develop innovation literacy skills? International Online Journal of Educational Sciences, 5(1), 1-9

*Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R. M., & Jones, M. (2013, In Press). Numeracy and algebra: Path to full participation in community and society? Reading Psychology.

*Capraro, R. M., Capraro, M. M., Younes, R., Han, S. Y., & Garner, K. (2012). Changes in equality problem types across four decades in four second and sixth grade textbook series. Journal of Mathematics Education, 5, 166-186.

Ding, M., Li. X., Capraro, M., & Capraro, R. M. (2012). Supporting meaningful initial learning of the associative property: Cross-cultural differences in textbook presentations. International Journal for Studies in Mathematics Education, 5, 114-130.

*Stearns, L. M., Morgan, J., Capraro, M. M., & Capraro, R. M. (2012). The development of a teacher observation instrument for PBL classroom instruction. Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 13(3), 25-34.

**Matteson, S., Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R. M., & Lincoln, Y. S. (2012). Extricating justification scheme theory in middle school mathematical problem solving. Investigations in Mathematics Learning, 5(1), 38-62.

Sahin, A., Erdogan, N., Morgan, J., Capraro, M., M., & Capraro, R. M. (2012). The effects of high school course taking and SAT scores on college major selection. Sakarya University Journal of Education, 2(3),96-109.

Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R. M., & Cifarelli, V. (2012). Open-ended problem solving tasks for pre-service middle-grades teachers that elicit mathematical reasoning. International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development, 2(2), 99-120.

**Adiguzel, T., Capraro, R. M., & Willson, V. L. (2011). An examination of teacher acceptance of handheld computers. International Journal of Special Education, 26(3), 12-27.

Rupley, W., Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2011). Theorizing an integration of reading and mathematics: Solving mathematical word problems in the elementary grades. LEARNing Landscapes, Special Issue: Mind, Brain and Education, 5, 227-250.

Capraro, R. M., Roe, M. F., Caskey, M. M., Strahan, D., Bishop, P.A., Weiss, C. C., & Swanson, K. W. (2011). Research summary: Assessment. Retrieved from http://www.nmsa.org/Research/ResearchSummaries/

**Muzheve, M. T., & Capraro, R. M. (2011). An exploration of the role natural language and idiosyncratic representations in teaching how to convert among fractions, decimals, and percents. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 31(1), 1-14. doi:10.1016/j.jmathb.2011.08.002

*Han, S. Y., Rosli, R., Capraro R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2011). The textbook analysis on probability: The case of Korea, Malaysia, and U. S. textbooks. Journal of the Korea Society of Mathematics Education Series D: Research in Mathematical Education, 15(2), 127-140.

Capraro, R. M., Capraro, M. M., & Rupley, W. (2011). Reading enhanced word problem solving (REPS): A theoretical model. European Journal of Psychology of Education. DOI: 10.1007/s10212-011-0068-3 (.547 impact factor http://www.springer.com/psychology/journal/10212)

*Capraro, R. M., Capraro, M. M., Yetkiner, Z. E., Corlu, M. S., -zel, S., Ye, S., & Kim, H. G. (2011). An international perspective on students' understanding of the equal sign. Mediterranean Journal for Research in Mathematics Education: An International Journal, 10, 187-213.

*Corlu, M. S., Capraro, R. M., & Corlu, M. A. (2011). Developing algorithmic computations with the help of science: A Turkish middle and high grades study. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 10(2), 72-81. (1.016 impact factor)

*Zientek, L. R., Carter, T. A., Taylor, J. M., Capraro, R. M. (2011). Preparing prospective teachers: An examination of attitudes toward statistics. The Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics Education, 5, 25-38.

Capraro, R. M., Capraro, M. M., & Morgan, J. (Eds.) (2013, in press). Project-based learning: An integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) approach (2nd Edition, pp. 1-214). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Capraro, R. M., & Slough, S. (2013, in press). Why PBL? Why STEM? Why now? An introduction to STEM. Project-based learning: An integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) approach. In R. M.

Capraro, M. M. Capraro, & J. Morgan (Eds.) Project-based learning: An integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) approach (2nd Edition, pp. XX-XX). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Capraro, R. M., & Corlu, S. (2013, in press). Changing views on assessment for STEM project-based learning. Project-based learning: An integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) approach. In R. M. Capraro, M. M. Capraro, & J. Morgan (Eds.) Project-based learning: An integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) approach (2nd Edition, pp. XX-XX). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense.

Muzhave, M., Capraro, M. M., & Capraro, R. M. (2013, In Press). The private sector, building STEM partnerships, and moving models forward. In M. M. Capraro, R. M. Capraro, & C. W. Lewis (Eds.). Improving urban schools: Equity and access in k-16 STEM education for all students (pp. xx-xx). Charlotte, NC: Information Age.

Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R. M., & Lewis, C. (Eds.) (2013, in press). Improving urban schools: Equity and access in K-16 STEM education for all students. New York, NY: Information Age.

Capraro, R. M. (2013, in press). Mathematics assessment for special needs students. In C. R. Reynolds, K. J. Vannest, & E. Fletcher-Janzen (Eds.), Encyclopedia of special education: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals (4th ed., pp. XXX-XXX). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons.

Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2010). Quantitative reporting practices in middle-grades research journals: Lessons to learn. In D. Hough (Ed.), Research supporting middle grades practice (pp. 79-89). Charlotte, NC: Information Age. (Best Paper- Reproduced as a chapter in edited volume).