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Faculty Biography | Carmen Petrick Smith

Carmen Petrick Smith

Carmen Petrick Smith, Ph.D.

Contact Information:
Waterman 405
(802) 656-1307
Carmen.Smith@uvm.edu

Carmen Petrick Smith is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Vermont. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied the effects of embodied actions on learning geometry. Her research interests center on embodied cognition, games for learning, and STEM education. She is also a former high school mathematics teacher, and in addition to her work in education, she can solve a Rubik's cube, is a former Guinness World Record holder for dancing the Thriller, and won the 2008 O. Henry Pun-Off World Championships.

Areas of Expertise:

Learning and Cognition; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Teacher Education; Technology and Learning

Scholarship

Selected Publications

  • Smith, C., Martin, T., & Berland, M. (in press). Playing robot: How alternating perspectives develops computational thinking. In V. Lee (Ed.), Learning technologies and the body: Integration and implementation in formal and informal learning environments. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Smith, C. & Neumann, M. (2014). You just gotta SCRATCH! Enhancing students’ mathematics learning. Teaching Children Mathematics, 21(3), 185-188.
  • Smith, C. & King, B. (2014). Learning angles through movement: Critical actions for learning in an embodied activity. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 36, 95-108.
  • Berland, M., Martin, T., Benton, T., Smith, C., & Davis, D. (2013). Using learning analytics to understand the learning pathways of novice programmers. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 22(4).  [abstract]
  • Martin, T., Berland, M., Benton, T., & Smith, C. (2013). Learning programming with IPRO: The effects of a mobile, social programming environment. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 24(3), 301-328.  [abstract]
  • Smith, C. (2013). Technology enhanced mathematics learning environments. In N. Rummel, M. Kapur, M. Nathan, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 505-506). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.  [abstract]
  • Berland, M., Smith, C., & Davis, D. (2013). Visualizing live collaboration in the classroom with AMOEBA. In N. Rummel, M. Kapur, M. Nathan, & S. Puntambekar (Eds.), To See the World and a Grain of Sand: Learning across Levels of Space, Time, and Scale: CSCL 2013 Conference Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 2-5). Madison, WI: International Society of the Learning Sciences.  [abstract]
  • Martin, T., Svhila, V., Smith, C. (2012). The role of physical action in fraction learning. Journal of Education and Human Development, 5(1), 1-17.  [abstract]
  • Petrick, C. & Martin, T. (2012). Learning mathematics: You're it vs. it's it. In P. Freebody, T. de Jong, E. Kyza, & P. Reimann (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences: Future of Learning (ICLS 2012)(Vol. 2: Symposia, pp. 101-102). Sydney: University of Sydney/ISLS.
  • Petrick, C. Berland, M., & Martin, T. (2011). Allocentrism and computational thinking. In G. Stahl, H. Spada, & N. Miyake (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Computer Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, Hong Kong, China.  [abstract]

Selected Presentations

  • Smith, C. (April, 2013). Embodied learning, mathematics, and athletic experience. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Baker, S., Smith, C., Martin, T., Aghababyan, A., Popovic, Z., Andersen, E., Liu, Y. (April, 2013). Learning fractions through splitting in an online game. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Berland, M., Martin, T., Benton, T., & Petrick, C. (July, 2012). IPRO: A mobile, social programming game for iOS. Paper presented at the 8th annual Games+Learning+Society (GLS) Conference 8.0, Madison, Wisconsin.
  • Petrick, C. & Martin, T. (April, 2012). Mind your body: Learning mathematics through physical action. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Petrick, C., Martin, T., Berland, M., & Benton, T. (April, 2012). iRobot: An embodied action adventure story of collaboration, playing robot, and perspective taking. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from University of Texas at Austin