Dr. Sarah Cox
Dr. Sarah Cox’s research centers around the identification of effective instructional practices to improve educational and employment outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, her work examines the intersection of academic and social outcomes related to mathematical practice standards focused on helping students apply mathematical content knowledge in a deep and meaningful way. Engaging in mathematical practices such as representation of mathematical thinking, mathematical problem solving, mathematical discourse, and abstract reasoning can help individuals build their mathematical proficiency. These practice standards may be particularly challenging for students with ASD who have difficulties with abstract thinking and social communication. It is her hope that by identifying instructional strategies that specifically target these mathematical practices for students with ASD, we can help improve their overall mathematical proficiency and subsequently improve their educational and employment opportunities.