Charlene Morrow

Lecturer Emerita in Psychology and Education

Degrees

  • A.B., Miami University
  • M.A., Florida State University
  • Ph.D., Florida State University

Courses Taught

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introduction to Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Women
  • Psychology of Women: Focus on Women in Mathematics and Science
  • Learning and Reflecting on Mathematics in a Psychological and Social Context
  • Explorations in Algebra
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Enriched Calculus

Interests

Currently I am working on developing and using constructivist models of learning and teaching in mathematics, in collaboration with my husband, Jim Morrow (Mathematics Department). We focus on understanding how to best structure educational experiences for females, particularly in mathematics. In addition to teaching undergraduate courses we co-direct SummerMath, and SEARCH, both four-week programs for young women in high school to develop conceptual understanding in mathematics and to increase confidence and interest in pursuing mathematics beyond high school. Undergraduates are hired as teaching assistants and can earn internship credit for their work. We have consulted with public schools, for instance the Magnet Middle School in Holyoke where we designed and initiated a new program for teaching mathematics, and we have given many workshops and talks to educators across the country. In 1993, with a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), we designed a five day workshop for educators to learn more about teaching mathematics to young women. In 2001, funded by a grant from NSF, we integrated eight deaf students into the SummerMath program. In 2004, we launched the SEARCH program for well-prepared high school girls who want to explore advanced mathematics.  I have also published a series of articles on origami and mathematics.  I continue to develop this body of work, which is expanding to include gender issues in the origami community.

Recent Publications

Geome-gami: A Two Week Workshop Promoting Connections Between Origami and Mathematics (in press).  In P. Wang-Iverson and R. Lang (Eds.) Origami^5:  Fifth International Meeting of Origami, Science, Mathematics and Education.  Natick, MA:  A K Peters.

How Many Ways Can You Edge-Color a Cube? (2009). In R. Lang (Ed.).  Origami^4: Fourth International Meeting of Origami, Science, Mathematics and Education.  Natick, MA:  A K Peters, 351-360.

Stepping Beyond High School Mathematics:  A Case Study of High School Women. (2008). ZDM:  The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 40(4), 693-708. (with I. Schoengerdt)

Using Graphs to Color Origami Polyhedra. (2002). In T. Hull (Ed.). Origami^3: Third International Meeting of Origami, Science, Mathematics and Education. Natick, MA:  A K Peters, 269-282.

 

News Links

Math Quest: Charlene Morrow Returns to the Classroom

Receives NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Grant