PhD Candidate Katherine Pettrey Receives Mathematics Education Trust Pre-K-8 Preservice Teacher Action Research Grant


July 9, 2020

BATON ROUGE – School of Education PhD candidate Katherine Pettrey was awarded the Mathematics Education Trust Pre-K-8 Preservice Teacher Action Research Grant.

The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for action research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, preservice teachers and classroom teachers seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in Pre-K-8 classrooms. With the grant, Katherine aims to focus on the impacts of using Error Analysis as part of the intervention process with 3rd through 5th graders.

 “Error Analysis is the process of examining student work to determine if there are patterns to the types of errors students make” Pettrey said. “We will use those patterns on a student-by-student basis to design math interventions with the hope that we see significant improvements in student understanding.”

Along with pursuing a PhD in Special Education, Katherine also has a background in Mechanical Engineering. She primarily wants to focus on mathematics.

 “I came to LSU with the ultimate goal of creating a math center that would act as a place of education, training, and research to support children who struggle in mathematics and their teachers and guardians.  I love the LSU community and am thrilled to be Tiger FIERCE!”  

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A school of the College of Human Sciences & Education, SOE offers undergraduate programs for students who want to pursue a career as a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teacher or acquire dual certification in both traditional elementary and special education classrooms. Besides providing graduate certification in early childhood education and instructional coaching, SOE offers a master’s degree in arts, arts in teaching, education (MEd), education in counseling (MEd), certificate of education specialist (EdS) and PhD. The School’s mission is to prepare educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.

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