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Mail Stop: 4232
Office Phone: (979) 845-8384
Other Title: Co-Director Aggie STEM
Primary Emphasis Area: Mathematics Education
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Short Bio
Dr. Mary Margaret Capraro is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture. She has been at TAMU for 17 years. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi. She joined Texas A & M University in 2000 as a clinical professor in Mathematics Education. She earned a position as an Assistant Professor in 2007 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2016. Her research interests include teacher knowledge and preparation in mathematics education and student understanding of mathematical concepts. She was previously employed with the Miami Dade County Schools as both a teacher and an assistant principal. She has over 90 peer-reviewed articles and 125 national and international presentations. Dr. Capraro was the Montague scholar from the College of Education and Human Development in 2008. She is currently Co-PI of the Aggie STEM Center, Teacher Quality, and the STEM Collaborative grants working extensively with public schools and school districts in Texas planning mathematics PDs and designing interdisciplinary project-based learning activities. She is associate editor of the Journal of Mathematics Education. During the summers of 2015 and 2016 she received a grant for two years from the Texas Workforce Commission to conduct a residential Governors Aggie Academy camp for senior science fair winners across the state of Texas. These campers were engaged in bio-chemistry, food chemistry, veterinary science, and engineering. Dr. Capraro believes students should be actively engaged in constructing their own knowledge. Her classes contain tasks for engaging students to participate in mathematical activities where they can explore numerous ideas and concepts. She treats each student with respect and convey my expectation for them to devote their best to learning in my courses. Dr. Capraro has taught undergraduate, masters, doctoral, and EdD. classes through face-to-face, hybrid, online, and study abroad formats, which attests to the versatility of her teaching.
Research Interests
Beliefs and Practices of Teachers
Mathematical Problem Solving
Mathematics Achievement and Teacher Preparation
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Lyakhova, S., Joubert, M., Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2019). Designing a curriculum based on four purposes: Let mathematics speak for itself. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 51(4), 513-29. Manuscript ID TCUS-2018-0109. DOI:10.1080/00220272.2019.1594389. (SJR = .834 for 2017);

2. *Franks, A., & Capraro, M. M. (2019). Motivated for STEM: Developing an understanding of highly motivated students[48]19 self-image in STEM education. Science Educator Journal. 27(1), 1- 10.

3. Alkeman, E., Capraro, M. M ., Creasy, T., Fleming, K., Hong, L.,Weiling, H., & *Williams, A., (2019). Recycling plastics: Middle school students create solutions during a summer camp. Journal of European STEM Education, 4(1). doi: 10 .20897/ejsteme/6341

4. Siregar, N. C., Rosli, R. Maat, S. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2019). The effect of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (stem) program on students' achievement in mathematics: A meta-analysis. International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education,15 (1), 1-12

5. *Lee, Y., Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R. M., & Bicer, A. (2018). A meta-analysis: Improvement of algebraic reasoning through metacognitive training. International Education Studies, 11(10), 42-49. DOI:10.5539/ies.v11n10p42

6. Young, J., Capraro, M. M., Capraro, R. M., & Cason, M. (2018). Every student can[48]19t succeed if every voice is not heard: Equity perspectives from STEM educators. Teachers College Record, 120(13), ID Number 22350(SJR, .953)

7. Maldonado, S. I., Mosqueda, E., Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2018). Language minority students[48]19 mathematics achievement in urban schools: Coursework, ethnicity, and English-language proficiency. Perspectives on Urban Education, 15(1),

8. *Lee, Y., Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2018). Mathematics teachers[48]19 subject matter knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge in problem posing.[160][160]International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 13(2), 75-90.

9. *Kopparla, M., & Capraro, M. M. (2018). Portrait of a second grade problem poser. European Journal of STEM Education, 3(1), 03. 10.1080/03055698.2018.1509785.[160][160]

10. Rosli, R., Capraro, M. M., & Mistima, M. S. (2018). Preservice teachers[48]19 knowledge of division with a remainder. Advanced Science Letters, 24(11), 8526-8529

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts (Current)

Catapult #5. (PI)
2018/11/01 - 2020/05/01
Total Funding: .

Literacy-Infused Science Using Technology Innovation Opportunity (LISTO), a 5-Year Longitudinal Validation Project. (Co-PI)
US Department of Education (Federal)
2017/01/01 - 2021/12/31
Total Funding: 12,000,001.
Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Adam Harbaugh (Summer, 2005), Ph.D.
Murray Cox (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Roslinda Rosli (Spring, 2013), Ph.D.
Anna Alpert (Summer, 2013), Ph.D.
Kristen DiMatteo (Spring, 2014), Ed.D.
Jonathan Maxwell (Spring, 2014), Ph.D.
Ayse Oner (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Amber Godwin (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Bianca Maria Coker (Fall, 2015), Ed.D.
Dwight Henry Mchazlett, Jr. (Fall, 2015), Ed.D.
Antonio Carranza (Fall, 2015), Ph.D.
Steven Kyle McKissick (Spring, 2016), Ph.D.
Ali Bicer (Summer, 2016), Ph.D.
Daisy Renee Daily (Fall, 2016), Ed.D.
Kitty Carrow Rutherford (Fall, 2017), Ed.D.
Joni Lynn Bailey (Fall, 2017), Ed.D.
Jennifer G. Whitfield (Fall, 2017), Ph.D.
Kristina Karnowski Hill (Spring, 2018), Ph.D.
Rosalinda C. Garcia (Summer, 2018), Ed.D.
Sandra Leticia Higareda (Summer, 2018), Ed.D.
Joshua Wayner Tabor (Fall, 2018), Ed.D.
Bart Taylor (Fall, 2018), Ed.D.
Michelle Andrea Hurst (Fall, 2018), Ed.D.
Heidi May Baine (Spring, 2019), Ed.D.
Jonathan Michael David (Summer, 2019), Ed.D.
Mahati Kopparla (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Yujin Lee (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Associate Editor (2012 - ). Journal of Mathematics Education

Associate Editor (2011 - 2015). Middle Grades Research Journal

Associate Editor (2006 - 2013). School Science and Mathematics

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2004-2005). Membership Committee.  SSMA

(2004-2005). Conference Committee/Co-Chair.  SSMA

(2002-2005). Annual Meeting Propoal Reviewer.  AERA

(2002-2005). Annual Meeting Proposal Reviewer.  Research in Mathematics SIG


Regents Fellow. 

System's Regent's Initiative for Excellence in Edu. 

(2016-2016). Innovation in Distance Learning by Aggie STEM.  Awarded by Texas Distanced Education Association

(2014). Lifetime service award.  Southwest Educational Research Association

(2008). Montague Teaching Award.  College of Education and Human Development

(2006-2006). American Education Research Association.  Outstanding Reviewer

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