Anita Wager is an Associate Professor in mathematics education in Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Wager’s research focuses on teacher education that supports culturally relevant and socially just mathematics teaching in early childhood and elementary school. She is particularly interested in practices that draw on children’s multiple mathematical resources including: (a) mathematical thinking; (b) mathematics (and other) experiences in homes and communities; and (c) the mathematics children engage with in play. In her work with teachers to explore mathematics learning in play-based classrooms Dr. Wager examines how teachers can plan activities, prepare the environment, and notice mathematical practices children engage with in play. In collaboration with Dr. Beth Graue and Dr. Tom Carpenter, she is in the 6th year of an NSF funded project to study a professional development program for public preK teachers that weaves together developmentally and culturally responsive early mathematics and reciprocal funds of knowledge. With colleagues from other institutions Dr. Wager is working on another NSF funded project to study students’ access and agency to mathematics learning. Dr. Wager teaches mathematics courses for pre-service early childhood teachers and graduate courses in mathematics education, qualitative research, and social justice.
Phone: (608) 263-5142
Office: 476 Teacher Ed
Completed ProjectsProfessional Development for Culturally Relevant Teaching and Learning in Pre-K Mathematics
Access, Agency and Allies in Mathematical Systems