Dr. Kathleen M. Clark

Professor and Director, School of Teacher Education
Dr. Kathleen Clark

Contact Information

Office Location
G115 Stone Building
(850) 644-8497

Dr. Clark has two primary research interests: history of mathematics in mathematics education and the transition from school to university mathematics (also known as secondary-tertiary transition). In the former, her research investigates ways in which prospective and in-service mathematics teachers use history of mathematics in teaching how the study of history of mathematics impacts mathematical knowledge for teaching, as well as how the study of primary historical sources contributes to the ways in which students talk about and do mathematics. In the latter, she investigates the affective and emotional factors impacting and resulting from the secondary-tertiary transition experienced by mathematics majors.

Dr. Clark is a principal investigator for the NSF-funded project, TRIUMPHS (Transforming Instruction in Undergraduate Mathematics via Primary Historical Sources; grant number 1523561). As part of this project, she collaborates with colleagues to investigate the potential of engagement with primary historical sources (in the form of primary historical projects, or PSPs) for motivating undergraduate students to participate in and accept new mathematical discourses (e.g., using Sfard’s commognitive theory). 

Dr. Clark is an active member of a variety of professional organizations and serves as a reviewer for several academic journals. She served as the chair of the International Study Group on the Relations between the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM Group) from 2016-2020 and is active in the international HPM community as a member of organizing teams for history in mathematics education working/study groups at CERME, HPM, and ICME conferences.

Dr. Clark spent 12 years as a high school mathematics teacher, teaching in a variety of contexts (urban, gifted, and residential environments) in both Florida and Mississippi. She received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction (with an emphasis in Mathematics Education) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2006, where she was a doctoral fellow at the Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (MAC-MTL). Prior to her graduate work at Maryland, she spent one year on Capitol Hill as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow.

Dr. Clark’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, BSHM Bulletin: The Journal of the British Society of History of MathematicsResearch in Mathematics EducationMathematica DidacticaInternational Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, and Educational Studies in Mathematics.

See Dr. Clark's Research Gate and Google Scholar pages to learn more about her research and publications.