Professor & Co-Director Aggie STEM, Teaching, Learning, and Culture
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Office Phone: (979) 862-4665
Other Title: Director STEM Collaborative & Aggie STEM
Directory Title: Professor & Co-Director Aggie STEM
Primary Emphasis Area: Mathematics Education
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Short Bio
Robert M. Capraro, is Co-Director of the Aggie STEM Center and Professor Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Dr. Capraro's expertise is applied research in school settings, program evaluation, the teacher as change agent for STEM school improvement, and STEM student achievement. He recently received the best paper award from the International Conference on Engineering Education where he and two colleagues presented their work related to the Aggie STEM project. He is currently involved in research in four school districts and more than 20,000 students and 80 teachers. His editorial work includes Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal, School Science and Mathematics, and Middle Grades Research Journal and the Research Advisory Committee for the Association of Middle Level Education. He was selected as a minority scholar for 2007 by the Educational Testing Service and served as president of the Southwest Educational Research Association. He is the author or co-author of three books, several book chapters and more than 100 journal articles on mathematics education, quantitative research methods, and teacher education published in such venues as Journal of Mathematics Education, International Journal for Studies in Mathematics Education, Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, International Journal of University Teaching and Faculty Development, LEARNing Landscapes, Special Issue: Mind, Brain and Education, Journal of Mathematical Behavior, European Journal of Psychology of Education, The Journal of Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics Education, Urban Review, Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, Educational Researcher, Cognition and Instruction, Educational and Psychological Measurement. He recently was awarded a $400,000 dollar grant - - continued support by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to continue his work with developmental education bringing his total ...
Research Interests
Formal and Informal Mathematics Teaching and Learning (PBL)
Mathematical Representations/Middle Grades Mathematics Teaching and Learning
Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis of Mathematics Standards and Curriculum Materials
Science, Technoogy, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Teaching and Learning
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Corlu, M. S., Willson, V. L., Capraro, R. M., & Corlu, M. A. (in press). An exploratory study of integrated Teaching knowledge and STEM teacher education programs in Turkey. Education Sciences: Theory and Practice (In Press)

2. Lee, Y., Capraro, R. M., & Bicer, A. (2019). Affective mathematics engagement: A comparison of STEM PBL versus non-STEM PBL instruction. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 19(3), 270-289. (.264 impact factor

3. Bicer, A., & Capraro R. M. (2019). Mathematics achievement in the secondary high school context of STEM and non[48]10STEM schools. School Science and Mathematics, 119, 61[48]1371.

4. Lyakhova, S., Capraro, R. M., & Capraro, M. M. (2019). Designing a curriculum based on four purposes: Let mathematics speak for itself. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 51, 513-529. (.834 impact factor DOI 10.1080/00220272.2019.1594389

5. Ortiz, N., Capraro, M. M., & Capraro, R. M. (2019). Does it really matter?: Exploring cultural relevance within a majority White classroom. Journal of Negro Education, 87(4), 404-419. DOI: 10.7709/jnegroeducation.87.4.0404 (.196 impact factor

6. Lee, Y., Capraro, R. M., & Bicer, A. (2019) Gender difference on spatial visualization by college students[48]19 major types as STEM and non-STEM: A meta-analysis. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 50, 1241-1255. DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2019.1640398 (SJR=.371 SCOPUS)

7. .Lee, Y., Bicer, A., Kwon, H., & Capraro, R. M. (2019). Pre-service teachers[48]19 preparedness for problem posing: Pedagogical content knowledge and subject matter knowledge. Electronic International Journal of Education, Arts, and Science (EIJEAS), 4(10).

8. 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

9. Sahin, A., Willson, V., & Capraro, R. M. (2018). Comparisons of Student's Mathematics and Reading Achievement in Texas: Public versus Charter Schools. Journal of Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 1(1), 2-28

10. 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)

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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)

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
Armando Perez (Summer, 2005), Ph.D.
Linda Zientek (Spring, 2006), Ph.D.
Judy Taylor (Fall, 2006), Ph.D.
Elsa Ruiz (Fall, 2006), Ph.D.
Shirley Matteson (Summer, 2007), Ph.D.
Diana Piccolo (Spring, 2008), Ph.D.
Michael Muzheve (Summer, 2008), Ph.D.
Serkan Ozel6 (Summer, 2009), Ph.D.
Jamaal Young (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Murray Cox (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Mehmet Corlu (Spring, 2012), Ph.D.
Sandra Nite (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Christopher Romero (Fall, 2012), Ph.D.
Sun Young Han (Summer, 2013), Ph.D.
LaToya Anderson (Fall, 2013), Ph.D.
Tarcia Hubert (Fall, 2013), Ph.D.
Susan Rogers (Fall, 2014), Ed.D.
Antonio Carranza (Spring, 2015), Ph.D.
Ernestene Sherow (Spring, 2015), Ph.D.
Ayse Oner (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Mary Springs (Summer, 2015), Ed.D.
Steven Kyle McKissick (Spring, 2016), Ph.D.
Ali Bicer (Summer, 2016), Ph.D.
Joni Lynn Bailey (Fall, 2017), Ph.D.
Kitty Carrow Rutherford (Fall, 2017), Ph.D.
Cristela Barcia (Spring, 2018), Ed.D.
Imelda Graciela Chapa De La Rosa (Summer, 2018), Ed.D.
Rosalinda C. Garcia (Summer, 2018), Ed.D.
Sandra Leticia Higardeda (Summer, 2018), Ed.D.
Yujin Lee (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Jonathan Michael David (Summer, 2019), Ed.D.
Editorial Positions

Editor (2019 - 2024). Journal of Urban Mathematics Education

Editorial Board Member (2014 - ). Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

Associate Editor (2011 - ). School Science and Mathematics

Editorial Board Member (2009 - 2009). Research in Middle Level Education Annual

Editorial Board Member (2007 - 2010). Middle Level Education Research-On-line

Associate Editor (2005 - 2007). American Educational Research Journal

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2009-2009). Co-President.  P-16 Curriculum Initiative

(2004-2007). Policy Committee.  School Science and Mathematics

(2004-2007). Conference Committee.  Research Council on Mathematics Learning Research Council on Mathematics Learning Research Council on Mathematics Learning

(2004-2005). Hispanic Research Award Committee.  American Educational Research Association-Hispanic Research Issues SIG


(2016-2016). Texas Distance Learning Association.  Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innvoation in Distance Learning (Aggie STEM)

(2016-2016). Award for Excellence in eLearning, GlobalTech Cong.  Award for Excellence in eLearning, Global LearnTech Congress

(2007). Joann Treat Research Award Winner.  College of Education and Human Development

(2002). Montague CTE Scholar.  Awarded by Center for Teaching Excellence

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