John P. Smith III

(Jack)
509C Erickson Hall
College of Education Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824517-353-6397(O);
jsmith@msu.edu

Current Position

Associate Professor (1998-present)Director, Educational Psychology and Educational Technology doctoral program, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE), College of Education, Michigan State UniversityMember, Mathematics Education Faculty group, Colleges of Natural Science and Education

Assistant Professor (1990–98)Educational Psychology program, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (CEPSE), College of Education, Michigan State University

Education

  • Post-doctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, McDonnell Foundation Program in Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice, 1989-1991
  • Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, May 1990. Dissertation: “Learning Rational Number” (Andrea A. diSessa, chair)
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of California, Berkeley, May 1985.
  • B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy, Brown University, June 1974 (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Education, Michigan State University, May 2005.
  • Faculty Appreciation Award, Education Graduate Student Organization, Michigan State University, 1997-98 academic year.
  • College of Education Nominee, Teacher-Scholar Award, Michigan State University, November 1994.
  • Research Recognition Award, Presidential Grants for School Improvement Program, University of California, November, 1990.
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, School of Education, University of California, Berkeley, May, 1990.

Related Work Experience

High School Mathematics Teacher, San Francisco, CA and Alexandria, VA, 1976-1981


Research Interests

  • Nature of knowledge, learning, and understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, including rational numbers, functions & algebra, spatial measurement, and other “problematic” content from the middle years of schooling;
  • The nature of and problems in skilled mathematics teaching;
  • Mathematical competence and reasoning in workplace settings;
  • Relations between the history and nature of professional mathematics and school mathematics


Recent Courses


  • Research Design in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (CEP 955, doctoral students)
  • Reflections on Learning (TE 150, required course for the undergraduate teacher preparation program); section for mathematics majors, focus on learning mathematics; section on urban education, focus on diversity and urban educational settings
  • Proseminar in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (CEP 900, seminar for first-year doctoral students in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET), Special Education, Measurement and Quantitative Methods, School Psychology, and School Counseling)
  • The Intellectual History of Educational Psychology (CEP 911, for first-year doctoral students in EPET and other education doctoral programs)
  • The Psychology of Learning School Subjects (CEP 902, doctoral students)
  • The Psychology and Pedagogy of Mathematics (CEP 913, doctoral students)