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Group Members - Allison Dorko

Doctoral Student, Program for Science and Mathematics Education (Oregon State University)

allison.dorko@umit.maine.edu

Research interests

Allison is interested in student learning of calculus. Her masters thesis investigated calculus students’ understanding of area and volume in non-calculus contexts, in which she found that some calculus students find surface area when directed to find volume and that students struggle with the units associated with various spatial computations. She will study student learning of various vector calculus topics at OSU. Allison is also interested in differences between expert and novice thinking; gifted-and-talented education; and student learning/understanding of statistics.

Education

M.S.T.    Secondary Mathematics, University of Maine, May 2012

B.S.       Kinesiology and Physical Education, University of Maine, May 2009

Experience

Research

Maine Physical Sciences Partnership Research Assistant, Spring 2012

Teaching

Secondary mathematics (student teacher), Spring 2012

Differential Calculus (TA), Fall 2011

College Geometry (TA), Summer 2011

Elementary Algebraic Models in Our World (Instructor), Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Substitute teaching, Fall 2004-present

Tutoring

University of Maine Math Lab, Fall 2010-present

Precalculus, Spring 2011-present

Research Statistics, Spring 2011

Econometrics, Fall 2010

Publications and presentations

Dorko, A. & Speer, N. (in preparation). Calculus students’ understanding of volume in non-calculus contexts, to be submitted to PRIMUS.

Dorko, A. (2010). Student understanding of area and volume in Selected calculus concepts, presentation in the RiSE Center Colloquium series, Univ. of Maine, Orono, Maine. (talk PowerPoint show)

Dorko, A. (2011). Calculus students’ understanding of area and volume in calculus- and non-calculus contexts, poster presentation at the RiSE Center Advisory Board Meeting, Univ. of Maine, Orono, Maine. (poster PDF)

Dorko, A. (2011). Calculus students’ understanding of area and volume in non-calculus contexts, thesis defense presentation, Univ. of Maine, Orono, Maine. (talk PowerPoint show)

Dorko, A. (2012). Calculus students’ understanding of volume in non-calculus contexts, Poster presentation, Integrating STEM Education Research into Teaching: Knowledge of Student Thinking National Conference, Orono, ME. (poster PDF)

Dorko, A. (2012). Calculus students’ understanding of volume in non-calculus contexts, Contributed talk presentation, Integrating STEM Education Research into Teaching: Knowledge of Student Thinking National Conference, Orono, ME. (talk PowerPoint show)


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