Faculty and Staff

Laura B. Kent

Laura B. Kent

Associate Professor

College of Education and Health Professions

(CIED)-Curriculum & Instruction

Phone: 479-575-8762

Fax: (479) 575-6676

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Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curriculum and Instruction, 1996
M.S., Purdue University-Calumet, Hammond, Ind., Mathematics, 1992
B.S., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., Mathematics, 1987

Publications:

Books

Kent, L. B. (ed.) (2001). Mathematics in Context Summer School Program.  Chicago, IL:  Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.

Swick, K. J., Winecoff, L., Nesbit, B., Kemper, R., Rowls, M., Freeman, N. K., Creech, N., Mason, J., & Kent, L. B. (2000).  Service learning and character education.  Clemson, SC:  National Dropout Prevention Center & South Carolina Department of Education, (pp. 1- 36).

Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

 

Kent, L.B. & Caron, T. (in press).   I can relate to this!  “Leveling up” mathematics curriculum and instruction through personal relevance and meaningful connections.  In S. L. Schramm-Pate & R. B. Jeffries, (Eds.), Grappling with diversity: Readings on civil rights pedagogy and critical multiculturalism.  New York: SUNY Press.  

Kent, L. B. (2005).  Professional development programs that enhance students’ opportunities to reinvent significant mathematics. Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina.

Kent, L. B. & Mason, J. (2004).  Designing and managing learning environments using a service learning pedagogy.  Teacher Education Journal of South Carolina.

Kent, L. B., Pligge, M., & Spence, M. (2003).  Enhancing teacher knowledge through curriculum reform.  Middle School Journal, 34 (4), 42-46.

Kent, L. B., Arnosky, J., & McMonagle, J. (2002). Using representational contexts to support students’ multiplicative reasoning.  In B. Litwiller (ed.), Making sense of fractions, ratios, and proportions:  2002 NCTM Yearbook.  Reston, VA:  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Kent, L. B.  (2001).  Using the bar model to teach the "three" percent problems.  The Mathmate.  South Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Kent, L. B. (2000).  Integers and meaningful contexts:  A direct  connection.  Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA, 62-66.

Brinker, L. (1998).  Using recipes and ratio tables to build on students' understanding of fractions.  Teaching children mathematics. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Reston, VA.

Abels, M., Roodhardt, A., Clarke, D., Clark, B., Shew, J. A., Spence, M., & Brinker, L. (1998).  Triangles and patchwork.  In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-42.

Kindt, M., Wijers, M., Spence, M., Brinker, L., & Pligge, M. (1998).  Graphing equations.  In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-44.

Kindt, M., Abels, M., Spence, M., & Brinker, L. (1998).  Packages and Polygons.  In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-38.

Roodhardt, A., de Jong, J. A., Brinker, L., & Middleton, J. (1998).  Triangles and beyond.  In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-44.

Van Galen, F., Querelle, N., Wijers, M., Shew, J. A., & Brinker, L. (1998).  Reflections on Number.    In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-44.

Keijzer, R., Abels, M., Brinker, L., & Shew, J. A. (1997).  Ratios and Rates.  In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-46.

Roodhardt, A., Streefland, L., Cole, B. R., & Brinker, L. (1997).  Dry and wet numbers.   In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-44.

Keijer, R., van den Heuval-Panhuizen, M., Wijers, M., Shew, J. A., Brinker, L., Pligge, M. A., Shafer, M., & Brendefur, J. (1997). More or less.    In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-40.

Van Galen, F., Wijers, M., Shew, J. A., Cole, Brendefur, J., & Brinker, L. (1997).  Some of the parts.  In National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and Freudenthal Institute (Eds.), Mathematics in context:  A connected curriculum for grades 5-8.  Chicago:  Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1-37.

Brinker, L., Winecoff, L., & Markham, F.  (1997).  The Dreher story: An evolving partnership.  Reflections on practice series:  National network for educational renewal.   Center for Educational Renewal, 12-20.

ABSTRACTS AND ADDITIONAL  PUBLICATIONS:.

Kent, L. B. (1999).  High School Mathematics Contest.  South Carolina Independent School Association.

Brinker, L. & Hart, F.  (1998).  Teaching is hot!  Education Report.   University of South Carolina.

Brinker, L. (1998).  Middle school mathematics contest.  South Carolina Independent School Association.

Brinker, L. (1998).  High school mathematics contest.  South Carolina Independent School Association.

Brinker, L. (1997).  Middle school mathematics contest.  South Carolina Independent School Association.

Brinker, L. (1997).  High school mathematics contest.  South Carolina Independent School Association.

TECHNICAL REPORTS

Master of Teaching:  Secondary Mathematics NCATE Program Report.  Submitted in 2002;  Rated as “in compliance” (or passed) with National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2003.

Master of Arts in Teaching:  Secondary Mathematics NCATE Program Report.  Submitted in 2002;  Rated as “in compliance” (or passed) with National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2003.

  • 2006-present University of Arkansas, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, Secondary Education Program Area
  • 2002-2006 University of South Carolina, Associate Professor, Mathematics Education, Program Coordinator: Middle Level Education
  • 1996-2002 University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor, Secondary Mathematics Education
  • 1995-1996 University of Wisconsin-Madison, Instructor, Elementary Mathematics Methods Course
  • 1995-1996 National Center for Research in Mathematics & Science Instruction, Cognitively Guided Instruction, Principal Investigators: Dr. Thomas P. Carpenter and Dr. Elizabeth Fennema
  • 1993-1995 National Center for Research in Mathematics & Science Instruction, Mathematics in Context: A Connected Curriculum for Grades 5-8, Principal Investigator: Dr. Thomas A. Romberg
  • Fall 1992 Indiana University-Northwest, Gary, Ind., Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics Department
  • Fall 1992 South Suburban College, South Holland, Ill., Adjunct Faculty, Mathematics Department
  • 1987-1992 Tolleston Middle School, Gary Public Schools, Gary, Ind., 7th-8th Grade Mathematics Teacher