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Group Members - Shahram (Shawn) Firouzian

Graduate student, Master of Science in Teaching (MST) program

417 Neville Hall

Research Interests

One of my interests is in teachers’ knowledge and, more specifically, the domain of knowledge that some researchers call Horizon or Vertical Content Knowledge.

I am also interested in students’ understanding of and difficulties with applications of the derivative. In particular, I am interested in applications in disciplines outside of mathematics. My current work on student thinking about derivative applications will inform my above mentioned research on teachers’ knowledge. Since fall 2011, I have also been studying the use of the Test of Logical Thinking as a predictor of students’ performance on different topics in an introductory college mathematics class called “Algebraic Models in Our World.”


Bachelor of Arts and Science in Mathematics, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2010


Instructor for MAT103: Algebraic Models in our World, since Jan 2011

Teaching Assistant for Calculus II, Spring 2012

Research Assistant for the Maine Physical Science Partnership since summer 2011

Research Assistant for the Chemistry Department at the University of Maine on the project of integrating analogies into the general chemistry labs, Jan 2011 to August 2011.


You can also follow up on my progress using my personal website: which is under construction.

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