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Professor Steve Rhine receives $742k grant to start Algebraic Thinking Project

The Graduate School of Education (GSE) recently announced that Professor Steve Rhine has received a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant for $742,000 from the U.S. Department of Education.

The grant will fund the Algebraic Thinking Project, whose purpose is to restructure pre-service math teacher education by synthesizing research on students' thinking and misconceptions of algebra into a Center for Algebraic Thinking that will empower new teachers to open the algebra gateway with their students.

The Center for Algebraic Thinking will provide a suite of resources for teachers, including a catalog of formative assessment problems and a matrix of technological tools. Rhine and colleagues from Pacific University, George Fox University, and Western Oregon University will collaborate on the Algebraic Thinking Project and restructure math methods courses to increase pre-service teachers' knowledge and skills to ultimately improve students' algebra understanding, test scores, graduation rates, and college enrollment.

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