Department of Mathematics

West Chester University

Mathematics Information
Office: Room 101
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2440
Fax (610) 738-0578
Email: Department Chair


Peter Glidden

Professor

Office: UNA 101
Phone: 610-436-2440
Fax: 610-738-0578
Email: pglidden@wcupa.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D., Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • B.A., College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio.
  • Private Candidate, 1975-1976, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland.

Research Interests:

  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematical Cognition
  • Curriculum

 

Professional Experience:

  • Department of Mathematics, West Chester University. West Chester, Pennsylvania.
    • Chair, (2015 – )
    • Professor of Mathematics Education. (2010 – )
    • Associate Professor of Mathematics. (2000 – 2010)
    • Assistant Professor of Mathematics. (1995 – 2000)
  • College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education. 1988-1995
  • Massachusetts Rating Bureaus, Boston, Massachusetts. Actuarial Assistant 1987-1988
  • Universidad de Atacama, Copiapo, Chile. Visiting Professor of Mathematics. 1985.
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
    • Instructor. Department of Mathematics and Science Education (1984-1987).
    • Senior Programmer/ Analyst. Center for Computing and Information Management Systems. (1983-1984).
    • Student Data Base Coordinator. Office of the Associate Dean. (1982-1983).
    • Administrative Assistant and Programmer. Office of the Provost. (1981-1982).
  • United States Peace Corps, Gaborone, Botswana. Peace Corps Volunteer Mathematics Teacher. Mater Spei College, Francistown, Botswana. 1977-1980

Selected Publications:

  • Glidden, P. L.  (2008).  Prospective elementary teachers’ understanding of order of operations.  School Science and Mathematics, 108, 130-136
  • Glidden, P. L.  (2002).  Build your own fraction computer!  Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 8, 204 – 208.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (2001).  Beyond the golden ratio:  A calculator- based investigation.  Mathematics Teacher, 94, 138 - 144.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1996).  Will the pendulum of reform swing too far?  Mathematics Teacher, 89, 450-451.
  • Fry, E. K. & Glidden, P. L.  (1996).  Illustrating mathematical connections:  A geometric proof of Euler's Theorem.  Mathematics Teacher, 89, 62-65.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1996).  Mathematics teachers’ reasons for instructional decisions:  Beyond  issues of central control.  paper presented at the 1996 Annual Meeting of the British Educational Research Association, University of Lancaster September 12th-15th 1996.  Education-line <http://www.leeds.ac.uk/educol/documents/00001214.htm>.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1995).  Mathematica-based mathematics for elementary teachers:  The role of student attitudes and beliefs in an experimental course.   Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 3, 189-204.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1994).  Mathematica-based mathematics for elementary teachers: An experimental course.  1994 Technology and Teacher Education Annual.
  • Glidden, P. L., & Fry. E. K.  (1994)  Developing a Framework for a fine-grained computational theory of algebra learning.  ED 362-540.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research                 Association Annual Meeting.  Atlanta, 15 April 1993.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1994).  "The effects of central control on classroom practice."  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.  Atlanta, 14 April 1993.
  • Glidden, P. L., & Fry, E. K.  (1993).  Illustrating mathematical connections: Two proofs that there are only five regular polyhedra.  Mathematics Teacher, 86, 657-667.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1993).  Using the secant method to approximate roots of an equation.  School Science and Mathematics, 93, 5-8.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1992).  The loss of accuracy:  Pitfalls and implications for mathematics instruction.  Mathematics Teacher, 85, 711-715.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1992).  How national examinations can benefit students and teachers.  Mathematics Teacher, 85, 610-611.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1991).  Towards developing a model of mathematics learning: Modeling knowledge restructuring in learning school algebra.  In R. Lewis & S. Otsuki (Eds.), Advanced research on computers in education. Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1991).  Teachers' reasons for instructional decisions.  Mathematics Teacher, 84, 610-614.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1991).  A mathematics educator's response to "Teaching mathematics without a coherent point of view."  Journal of Curriculum Studies, 23, 133-139.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1990).  From finite graphs to matrices.  Mathematics Teacher, 83,  127-134.
  •         Glidden, P. L.  (1994).  The effects of central control on classroom  practice.  In I. Westbury, C. Etherington, L. Sozniak, & S. Baker (Eds.), Towards improved mathematics education:  Analysis of the second international mathematics study data.  Norwood, NJ: Ablex.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1990).  Content representation in college algebra:  Summary report.  In I. Westbury & K. Travers (Eds.), Second international mathematics study: Studies.  College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Glidden, P. L.  (1990).  Content representation in college algebra:  Technical appendix.  In I. Westbury & K. Travers (Eds.), Second international mathematics study: Technical appendix.  College of Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

     

Selected Grants:

  • 1994 State of Illinois Inservice Workshops in Teaching Problem Solving in the Elementary Grades and Using Mathematica to Explore the Teaching of Calculus & Precalculus.
  • Educational Technologies Board, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Mathematics as a Laboratory Course: Developing Mathematica™-based Courseware for Preservice ElementaryTeachers.
  • 1993 State of Illinois Institutes on Calculus for Teachers: Visual Mathematics--Computer Graphics in the Classroom and Using Mathematica to Explore the Teaching of Calculus & Precalculus.
  • 1992 State of Illinois Workshops on Calculus for Teachers: History and Pedagogy and Using Mathematica to Explore the Teaching of Calculus & Precalculus.
  • 1991 State of Illinois Workshops in Probability & Statistics and Mathematical Modeling & Discrete Mathematics.
  • 1990 State of Illinois Workshops in Probability & Statistics and Mathematical Modeling.

Selected Refereed Talks:

  • “Build Your Own Fraction Computer!” NCTM 81st Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas. April 2003.
  • “Mathematics Teachers’ Reasons for Instructional Decisions: Beyond Issues of Central Control.”  British Educational Research Association.  Annual Meeting.  Lancaster, England, 12 September 1996.
  • "The Effects of Central Control on Novice Teachers' Instructional Decisions."  American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.  New Orleans, 6 April 1994.
  • "The Promise of a New Research Paradigm for Mathematics Education."  American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.  New Orleans, 4 April 1994.
  • "Mathematica-Based Mathematics for Elementary Teachers: An Experimental Course."  Society for Technology and Teacher Education.  Washington, DC, 19 March 1994.
  • "A Framework for a Fine-Grained Computational Theory of Algebra Learning."  American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.  Atlanta, 15 April 1993.
  • "The Effects of Central Control on Classroom Practice."  American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting.  Atlanta, 14 April 1993.
  • "Mathematical Modeling in the Middle Grades:  Explorations in Discrete Mathematics."  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Regional Conference.  Baltimore, Maryland, 31 October 1991.
  • "Discrete Mathematics in School Mathematics."  School Science and Mathematics Association National Convention.  Cincinnati, Ohio, 12 October 1990.
  • "Towards Developing a Model of Mathematics Learning:  Modeling Knowledge Restructuring in Learning School Algebra."  International Conference on Advanced Research on Computers in Education.  Tokyo, Japan, 19 July 1990.
  • "Content Representation in College Algebra."  Second International Mathematics Study Conference on Secondary Data Analysis. Institute for Evaluation of Educational Achievement, 2 February 1989.