Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Craig McCarron comes to the College of Education with vast experience not only in mathematics education, but in on-line teaching and research. His undergraduate degree in mathematics is from Princeton, his Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and he recently completed his Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. McCarron's career has spanned the gamut of teaching environments - from a rural Massachusetts high school with 400 students, to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, to teaching graduate students at Columbia.
He spent his early teaching years in a public high school and then migrated to the college classroom for over ten years. His goal in pursuing a Ph.D. in education is to work with pre-service teachers.
Since he hadn't been in a K-12 setting since 1994, this past fall, he took a full time job teaching in an alternative school. At the alternative school, he taught middle school mathematics and science, as well as high school geometry, algebra, chemistry, biology and earth science.
Dr. McCarron's research interests include:
- Cognitive Load Theory and mathematical problem solving
- Transfer in algebra problem solving
- Cognitive Load Theory and educational technology
- Tutoring as a component of teacher education