University at Buffalo

Ji-Won Son

Ji-Won Son

Associate Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Curriculum and Instruction; Access and Equity; Assessment; Cognition; Curriculum and Instruction; Diversity; ESL  / ENL / Bilingual; International Education; Mathematics Education; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Immigrant Issues; Educator Preparation; Multicultural Competence; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; STEM education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Multimodality; Social Justice; Problem Based Learning

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. Her research aims at identifying the core knowledge and practice for teaching mathematics and improving all students’ mathematical understanding including under-represented students and emergent bilinguals, through project-based learning, storytelling-based approach, and a 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, JW. & Hodge, L. (2022). Algebra Teachers’ Interpretation and Responses to Student Errors in Solving Quadratic Equations. International Journal of Science and Math Education, 20, 637–657. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10763-021-10166-1
  • Jung, H., Son, J., & I, J. (2022). Exploring data from lived experiences: A pandemic case. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12, 115(2), 122-129.
  • Lim W, Son J-W, & Kang S-H. (2021). How reducing discomfort impacts peer assessments of preservice teachers. Sustainability, 13(11), 6435-6352. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116435
  • 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
Book Chapter:
  • I, JY., Son, JW., & Chang, H. (2022). Multiculturalism in Current and Future Mathematics Teacher Education in South Korea. In: Khine, M.S., Liu, Y. (eds) Handbook of Research on Teacher Education. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-9785-2_27
Recent Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Son, J. & Jo. S. (2022, April). A comparative analysis of proportional reasoning in US and Korean Mathematics Textbooks. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA.;
  • Son, J. & Jo. S. (2022, April). How preservice elementary teachers view lesson and curriculum coherence. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA.;
  • Son, J. & Jo. S. (2022, April). Preservice teachers’ beliefs and enactment of English Language Learners-Focused instructional strategies. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Diego, CA.;
  • 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., 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:
  • Promoting Equitable Mathematical Experience for Underrepresented Girls; Local; The Cullen Foundation; Awarded; (07/01/2019-08/31/2020)
  • 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)
  • Fostering Equitable Mathematical Experience: Project-Based Learning for Under-represented Girls; Local; The Cullen Foundation; Awarded; (11/01/2016-12/31/2017)
  • Core Mathematical Knowledge and Cross-cultural Teaching Practices in Algebraic and Functional Relations; Foundation and Research Organization; The Spencer Foundation; Awarded; (09/01/2016-08/31/2018)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Research in Childhood Education (2016 – Present)
    07/01/2016-05/31/2024
  • Editorial Board, Studies of Educational Science (2013 – Present)
    07/01/2016-06/30/2023
  • Editorial Board, International Journal of Education (2013 – Present)
    07/01/2016-05/31/2021
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference (2004 – Current)
    06/01/2016-05/31/2025
Professional Service:
  • Judge, GENIUS Olympiad (Science judging), SUNY Oswego, New York
    06/15/2016-06/15/2022

Contact Information

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