Dr. Ryan Seth Jones

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ryan Seth Jones
615-898-2996
Room 388, College of Education Building (COE)

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (2015)
  • M.Ed., Vanderbilt University (2010)
  • B.S., Tennessee Tech University (2004)

Areas of Expertise

Seth studies ways of supporting students to use mathematics and science to construct and revise knowledge. He has conducted research that focuses on measuring the extent to which whole class discussions in middle grades classrooms support students to examine the epistemological implications of various statistical properties, worked on interdisciplinary teams to create innovative technologies for teachers and students in middle grades math classes, and helped to develop new tools for assessing nuanced ways of thinking in middle grades students. 

Biography

Seth has spent most of his life in Tennessee. He attended Tennessee Technological University, majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He taught high school math for six years before attending Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt he worked with Dr. Richard Lehrer, and became interested in how students come to understand and use data to make inferences. After graduating, he worked with Dr. Jere Confrey at North Carolina State University building innovative digital tools to support midd...

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Seth has spent most of his life in Tennessee. He attended Tennessee Technological University, majoring in Mathematics and Secondary Education. He taught high school math for six years before attending Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt he worked with Dr. Richard Lehrer, and became interested in how students come to understand and use data to make inferences. After graduating, he worked with Dr. Jere Confrey at North Carolina State University building innovative digital tools to support middle school math teachers. In 2016 he started working at MTSU.

 

Seth is married to Jennifer, and has three children - Jacob, Andrew, and Eleanor. 

 

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Research/Scholarly Activity

Current Research Projects:

Project Engage

This is a collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Lovett at MTSU. We conducted a yearlong professioanl development program with middle grades teachers. In the project we aimed to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of data, variability, statistics, probability, modeling, and inference. We are now analyzing data from the professional development to better understand how teachers' thinking changed across the activities. We have presente...

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Current Research Projects:

Project Engage

This is a collaboration with Dr. Jennifer Lovett at MTSU. We conducted a yearlong professioanl development program with middle grades teachers. In the project we aimed to help teachers develop a deeper understanding of data, variability, statistics, probability, modeling, and inference. We are now analyzing data from the professional development to better understand how teachers' thinking changed across the activities. We have presented this work at multiple regional and national conferences. We currently have one manuscript under review in The Journal of Mathematical Behavior and two others in development.

3D Biology 

This is a collaboration with Dr. Anna Grinath at MTSU. We are working to design undergratuate biology courses and labs that support students to build, critique, and revise data models in order to generate biological knowlege claims. Through this work we are developing a design framework for integrating data, biology, and argumentation learning goals across time. 

Modeling Data Modeling

In this project, I am seeking to develop measures of dynamic, whole-class discussions about data and statistics. Using a construct modeling framework, I am seeking to generate measures that coordinate the discussion qualities we are trying to support with the quantities generated from the measurement scheme. 

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