University at Buffalo

Ji-Won Son

Ji-Won Son

Associate Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Cognition; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; International Education; Design Experiments; Cognitive Psychology; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Mathematics Education; Educator Preparation; STEM education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Learning Design; Racism and AntiBlackness; Problem Based Learning; Qualitative Research Methods; Quantitative Research Methods

Contact Information
569 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4030
jiwonson@buffalo.edu


Professional Summary:

Dr. Ji-Won Son joined the Department of Learning and Instruction in August 2013. Prior to that, she spent 5 years as an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her research centers on the intersection of mathematics education and curriculum and instruction in K-12 contexts. The four main research interests she has developed are: (1) teacher noticing and learning (how pre-service and in-service teachers learn to interpret and respond to student thinking), (2) teacher's curricula noticing and use (how teachers read and use mathematical curriculum and textbooks), (3) mathematics textbook/task analysis (learning opportunities provided to students by curriculum resources), and (4) international comparative studies (whether there is any difference in students’ mathematical learning opportunities and teaching approaches among different countries).

Recognizing the gaps between and among various types of curricula, she has looked for better ways to improve student and teacher learning, especially from a cross-cultural perspective, through her research. She is currently working on externally funded and internally funded research projects to identify the core mathematical knowledge and practice for teaching mathematics, especially focusing on algebraic and functional relations, and to improve all students’ mathematical understanding including under-represented students and emergent bilinguals, through project-based learning, storytelling-based approach, and history-infused curriculum.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, Michigan State University (2008)
Awards and Honors:
  • Faculty in Residence; Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo; 2018-05-04;
  • Dean's Travel Award; Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo; 2018-04-12;
  • UUP (United University Professions) Discretionary Lump-Sum Awards; United University Professions (UUP); 2016-11-24;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Hu, Q., Son, J., & Hodge, L. (2021). Algebra teachers’ interpretation and responses to student errors in solving quadratic equations, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-021-10166-1
  • Son, J. & Lee, M. (2021). Exploring the relationship between preservice teachers’ conceptions of problem solving and their problem-solving performances. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 19, 129-150. 10.1007/s10763-019-10045-w
  • Betts, A.L., & Son, J. (2020). Fostering parent-child math talk with the 4Cs. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12, 113(10), 791-799.
  • I, J. & Son, J. (2020). Preservice teachers’ lesson plan adaptation for emergent bilinguals. The New Educator, 16(3), 247-264. DOI: 10.1080/1547688X.2019.1687795
  • Kwon, O. H., Son, J., & I, J. (2019). Revisiting multiplication area models for whole numbers. The Mathematics Enthusiast, 16(1), 359-368.
Recent Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Jo. S., & Son, J. (2019, April). Fostering preschoolers’ mathematical knowledge through cooking activities. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada.;
  • Kim, H., & Son, J. (2018). Core mathematical teaching practices in algebraic and functional relations. Proceedings of the 42nt Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Sweden.;
  • Son, J. (2019, February). Teacher concern and enacted curriculum. Presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), Orlando, FL.;
  • Son, J., & Choi, Y. (2019, April). How preservice elementary teachers view lesson coherence. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada.;
  • Son, J., Kim, H., Jo. S., & Kwon, O. (2019, April). A comparative analysis of proportional reasoning in U.S. and Korean mathematics Textbooks. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Canada.;
Recent Grants:
Grant:
  • UB and Enterprise Partnership Project (UEP2): Improving Mathematics Achievement in Urban Mathematics Classrooms; Local; Enterprise Charter School; Awarded; (08/01/2019-07/31/2020)
  • Promoting Equitable Mathematical Experience for Underrepresented Girls; Local; The Cullen Foundation; Awarded; (07/01/2019-08/31/2020)
  • Promoting Equitable Mathematical Experience for Underrepresented Girls; Local; The University at Buffalo Gender Institute; Awarded; (12/21/2018-12/20/2019)
  • Infusing History into Mathematics Instruction; Foundation and Research Organization; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics–7-12 Classroom Research Grants; Awarded; (06/01/2018-05/31/2020)
  • MAP: Making Mathtalks Productive for English Learners; Foundation and Research Organization; UB GSE Seed Grant: Maximizing External Grant Application Success (MEGAS); Awarded; (09/01/2017-05/30/2018)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Education (2013 – Present)
    07/01/2016-05/31/2021
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Research in Childhood Education (2016 – Present)
    07/01/2016-05/31/2020
  • Editorial Board, Studies of Educational Science (2013 – Present)
    07/01/2016-06/30/2017
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference (2004 – Current)
    06/01/2016-05/31/2020
Professional Service:
  • Judge, GENIUS Olympiad (Science judging), SUNY Oswego, New York
    06/15/2016-06/15/2017

Contact Information

569 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4030
jiwonson@buffalo.edu