ENHP’s Jillian Cavanna Podcast Interview

May 27, 2021
Submitted By: Mary DiLeo

Jillian Cavanna, assistant professor of elementary education in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), was recently interviewed on a podcast for the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. The podcast was based on a recent article Cavanna authored with Megan Staples of the University of Connecticut, which comes out of work from a math-science partnership grant from the state of Connecticut. 

In the podcast, Cavanna and Staples discuss their research titled “Student argumentation work sample sorting task and teachers’ evaluations of arguments.” To support teachers in implementing ambitious reform efforts, professional developers and teacher educators need to know more about teachers’ thinking about argumentation. Specifically, there is a need to understand more about teachers’ views and evaluations of students’ mathematical arguments as they play out in practice. In their research, Cavanna and Staples share a tool developed to elicit teachers’ pre- and post-evaluations of students’ mathematical arguments on a problem-solving task.

The 30-minute podcast is available at