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Ana Helvia Quintero

 
Mathematician, college teacher and writer
Date and Place of Birth 
October 24, 1945, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico 


Academic Studies


September, 1980
1968 - 1969
 

 

Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Completed most of the requirements for the Ph.D. candidacy (Comprehensive Exams in Logic and Algebra, and language exam in French amd German)  Group of  Logic and Methodology of Science, University of California (Berkeley)
December, 1968 MA (Mathematics), University of California (Berkeley)
May, 1967 BA (Mathematics), University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras)


Teaching Experience


1987 Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras)
1981 - 1987 Associate professor, Department of Mathematics University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras)
1969 -1981 Assistant professor, Department of Mathematics University of Puerto Rico (Río Piedras)
1965 - 1966 Student teacher, Juan Ponce de León High School Río Piedras, Puerto Rico


Research Experience


July 1986 to  present
 
Project director of a research project on the teaching of  mathematics funded by the Puerto Rican Community Foundation
January, 1983 to present Project director of research project on mathematics word problems funded by University of Puerto Rico (FIPI)
September, 1980 to 1981 Research project, jointly done with Dr. Judath Schwartz of MIT funded by NIE (National Institute of Education)
1976 - 1977 Project director of NSF funded research project on mathematics learning in the public Schools of Puerto Rico.


Improvement of Teaching


1973 - 1975
 
Preparation of a T.V. Mathematics Course 
My main responsability was preparing the student textbook Department of Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico.
1970 - 1972 Preparation of a Mathematics Course for Liberal Art Students
1970 - 1971
 
Design and teaching of mathematics curriculum for an Experimental Program and Teacher Training of the Puerto Rico Junior College.


Administrative Experience


July 1986 to present Special assistant to the UPR President in charge of Educational Reform
July 1980 to May 1986
 
Coordinator of the Outreach Community Component Resource Center for Science and Engineering, University of Puerto Rico - Funded by N.S.F.
Summer 1986 Project director of a Summer Research Program for High School Student funded by the National Institute of Health
Summer 1985 Project director of a Summer Research Program for High School Student funded by the National Institute of Health
Summer 1983 Project director of a Summer Research Program for High School Student funded by the National Institute of Health


Consultant and Referee


September 1986 Reviewer of manuscript for the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
June 1985

 

Member of the advisory group for the College Board's Articulation Agrrement project between the Puerto Rico Department of Education and the New York City Board of Education
May 1985 Reviewer of manuscript for the Journal for the Research in Mathematics Education
November 1984 Reviewer of manuscript for the Journal for the Research in Mathematics Education
July 1984 Proposal Evaluation, N.S.F.
June 1984  Reviewer of manuscript for the American Educational Research Journal
October 1980 Proposal Evaluation, N.S.F.
October 1980 Referee on the research work of a professor of mathematics of the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
January 1977 Proposal Evaluation, N.S.F.
June, 1977
 
Consultant - Project for Assessing Adult Competencies among Puerto Ricans.
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico


Publications


1988 Representaciones en la Enseñanza de la Matemática - Editorial de la Universidad de Puerto Rico
1988

 

"Investigación y Enseñanza" - Memorias de la Segunda Reunión Centroamericana y del Caribe sobre formación de Profesores e Investigación en Matemática Educativa, Guatemala
1987

 

"Formación de Conceptos Aritméticos en un Aula de 4to. Grado:  Investigación en Acción "Memoria de la Primera Reunión Centroamericana y del Caribe sobre Formación de Profesores e Investigaicón Matemática Educativa, Mexico
1987 "Helping Children Understand Ratios" Arithmetic Teacher, Vol. 34, Núm. 9   P17-21
1986 ¿Qué me pasa con las matemáticas?  University of Puerto Rico Press
1986 

 

'The Role of Semantic Understanding on the Validation of a Mathematical Hypothesis"Proceedings of the Eight Annual Meeting North American Chapter of the Psychology of Mathematics Education Association.
1986
 
"Children Conceptual Understanding of Situations Invlolving Multiplication" Aritmetic Teacher Vol. 33,  No. 3,  p. 34-37
1985
 
"Conceptual Understanding of Multiplication:  Problems Involving Combination", Arithmetic Teacher Vol. 33,  No. 3,  p. 36-39
1985
 
"Psicología y Educación" Homines Special Issue Vol. No. 3, Nov. 1985, p. 171-176
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
1985 co-author Introducción a las matemáticas - Fondo Educativo Interamericano, México.
1985
 
"La computadora en la enseñanza:  una visión crítica"
Boletín BEMSC, Multiple Service Center for Bilingual Education, Metropolitan University, November pp.5-10
1985 "La informática y la educación:  una preocupación" El Reportero, June 11, 18, 25
1984
 
"Childrens Difficulties with two-step Word Problems"  ERIC, clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Enviromental Education
1983 "The Role  of  Conceptual Understanding in Solving Word Problem:  Two Step Problems involving Multiplication"
Journal for Research in Mahematics Education Vol. 14, Number 2, March 1983 - P102-112
1983
 
"Los Problemas Verbales" Homines, Vol. 7, Number 1 and 2, Feb.-Dec. 1983, pages 92-99,
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
1983

 

"The Role of Conceptual Understanding in SOlving Word Problems: Two-step Problems" ERIC,Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Enviromental Education, 1983, ED 227-003
1982 - coauthor "The Development of the Concept of Ratio in Children"
DSRE Working Paper #15, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March, 1982
1981
 
Nuevas corrientes en las teorías de desarrollo cognoscitivo:  Sus efectos en la educación Revista de Ciencias Sociales,  Vol. XXIII,  No. 1-2 Mayo-Junio 1981,  Págs. 125-142
1981 "Word Problems"  (in Spanish)  Revista Asociación Puertorriqueña de Maestros de Matemáticas 1981,  pág. 4-6
1981 - coauthor
 

 

"The Role of Semantic Understanding in Solving Multiplication and Division Word Problems"  Final Report to the National Institute for Education in ERIC, Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Enviromental  Education, Oct. 1981 - ED209-080
1981

 

"Conceptual Understanding in Solving Multiplication Word Problem"
ERIC, Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics and Enviromental Education - April 1981 ED 201497
1978

 

"Variances in the learning of mathematics among different socio-economic groups"  (in Spanish)
Revista de Ciencias Sociales, Sept. 1978    University of Puerto Rico
1975 - coauthor

 

Elements of Mathematics  (in Spanish)
Students text used in the introductory course of mathematics.
University of Puerto Rico
1970 - coauthor
 
Evaluation of an Experimental Teacher Training Program (in Spanish)      The Department of Education of Puerto Rico Press.


Conferences and Symposium


March, 1988
 

 

"Aplicación al Aula de la Investigación en Matemática Educativa"
Segunda Reunión Centroamericana y del Caribe sobre Formación de Profesores e Investigación en Matemática Educativa, Guatemala
February, 1988 "La Escuela:  Oportunidad y Restricciones"
Conferencia Renovación Educativa, Cayey
February, 1988
 
 

 

"Dificultades de los Estudiantes con las Matemáticas" y "Seminario Colaborativo entre la Universidad de Puerto Rico y el Departamento de Instrucción Pública:  Investigación en Acción
Primer Congreso de Investigación en la Educación, Universidad de Puerto Rico
January, 1988
 
"La demostración en matemática"
Primer Seminario Universitario de Educación Matemática, Universidad de Puerto Rico
November, 1987

 

"Development of Mathematical Concepts in a Fourth Grade:  An Action Research"  Paper accepted for presentation at the 6th National Conference on Intellectual Skills Development, Western Michigan University, Michigan
September, 1987

 

"Innovation in the Teaching of Mathematicas"
Kindle the Spark Conference
The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northesat and Islands
March, 1987

 

"Formación de Conceptos Aritméticos en un Aula de 4to. Grado:  Investigación en Acción"
Primera reunión Centroamericana y del Caribe sobre Matemática, México
November, 1986 "The teaching of mathematics to future teachers"
Interamerican University
October, 1986 "The teaching of mathematics" Department of Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico.
September, 1986

 

"The Role of Semantic Understanding in the Formation and Evaluation of a Hypothesis",  Paper accepted by the North American Chapter of the Psycology of Mathematics Education Association for presentation in thr Eight Annual Meeting.
May, 1986 "La Pedagogía como Ciencia", School of Education, University of Puerto Rico
April, 1986
 
"Innovación en la Enseñanza de Ciencias y Matemáticas", Talk at the conference on Academic Excellence in Science and Mathematic Metropolitan University, Puerto Rico
April, 1986 "Problem Solving" Teacher Training Workshop, Department of Education, Puerto Rico
March, 1986
 
"The teaching of mathematical proof"  Talk at the Department of Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras
March, 1986 "The teaching of mathematics"  Talk at the Humacao University College
October, 1985
 
"The myth about the scientific method:  it's implication for teaching" Seminar at the Department of Physical Science, University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, Puerto Rico
August, 1985 "Computers and Education"  Conference at Colegio Universitario Metropolitano, San Juan
April, 1985
 
"Research on learning and Mathematics Education"
Talk at the 18th Convention, Puerto Rican Association of Teachers of Mathematics
March, 1985
 
Workshop on Inductive and Deductive Reasoning 3rd Conference on Applied Mathematic, Interamerican University, Puerto Rico
March, 1985

 

"Uses of Microcomputers in Education"
Presentation at the UNESCO Seminar on uses of Microcomputers in Science Education 
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
January, 1985
 
"Methodology of Mathematics Teaching"
Talk at the Workshop on Methodology of Teaching Interamerican University, Puerto Rico
April, 1984 "Children Difficulties with Two-Step Word Problems"
Paper accepted by the American Educational Research Association for the meeting on April, 1984 in New Orleans, Louisiana
March, 1984

 

"Psychology and Education" 
Paper accepted by the First Puerto Rican Congress on Psychology and Mental Health Interamerican University, Puerto Rico
February, 1984

 

"Choldren Difficulties with Intensive Quantities"   Panel Discussion at the Founding Conference of the Educational Technology Center, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts
February, 1984
 
"The Resource Center for Science and Engineering"  Presentation at a 14th Conference of Education, Interamerican University, Puerto Rico
April, 1983
 
"Constructing meaning into mathematics"
Talk at the 16th Convention, Puerto Rican Association of Teachers of Mathematics
April, 1983
 

 

"The Role of Conceptual Understanding in Solving Word Problems:  Two-Step Problems
Paper accepted by the American Educational Reseach Association for the meeting on April, 1983 in Montreal, Canada
February, 1983
 
"The Teaching of Word Problems"  Mini-Convention Puerto Rican Association of Teachers of Mathematics, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
October, 1982
 
"Congnitive Factors en Science Learning"
Seminar at the Department of Physical Science, Faculty of General Studies - October, 1982
December, 1981

 

Reacting to a  paper
Conference about the situation of Science Education in Puerto Rico
Interamerican University      San  Germán, Puerto Rico
April, 1981 "Conceptual Understanding in Solving Multiplication Problems"
Paper accepted by the American Education Research Association for the meeting on April 1981, in Los Angeles, Ca.
March, 1981
 
"Uses of Computers in the Classroom"
Mini-Convertion, Mathematical Association of America, University of Puerto Rico
April, 1981
 
Member of panel discussion "Problem Solving in Mathematics" 14th COnvention, Puerto Rican Association of Teachers of Mathematics


Academic honors


1977 - 1979 Fellow, Ford Foundation Graduate
Fellowships Program
1975 - 1976 National Science Foundation Faculty Fellow
1967 - 1969 National Science Foundation Fellowship
university of California, Berkeley
1967 -  B.A. Magna Cum Laude, University of Puerto Rico
Medal of the Department of Mathematics for the most Outstanding Student in Mathematics
Medal of Exchange Clubs and of the Alumni Association both for student leadership.


Professional and Civil Activities


1987 Junta de Consultores, Museo del Niño Inc.
Puerto Rico
1983 to present Parent-Teacher Association's representative to the Evaluation Committee of the University Elementary School.
1983 Member of the Board of Director of the Dos Pinos Residents Cooperative
1980 Member of Parents Council of Julio Sellés Solá Public School.
1970 to present Member of the Center for the Study of Puerto Rican Reality (C.E.R.E.P.)
1970 to present  Member of the Puerto Rican Association of University Professors.
1973 - 1975 President of the Board of Directors Parents' Pre-School Cooperative
1966 - 1967 Member of the Student Committee to draft Student Regulations of the University of Puerto Rico
1965 - 1966 Secretary of the Student Council of the College of Natural Sciences University of Puerto Rico

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