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Karen Keene

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator

Poe Hall 502K


Research Description

Dr. Keene is an Associate Professor of mathematics education. Her research interested lie in two primary arenas. First, she conducts research in undergraduate mathematics education, primarily concerning differential equations teaching and learning. She focuses on how students learn to conceptually understand solutions to first order differential equations and systems of differential equations. Additionally she researches the social construction of mathematical meaning in undergraduate classrooms. Her second area of research is studying secondary teacher education. She studies teachers content knowledge and how that connects to their teaching and curriculum development.


Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education from Purdue University in 2006
Master of Arts in Mathematics from Butler University in 1978
Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Butler University in 1975

Curriculum Vitae


Scholarly Publications

  • Keene, K.A. (2007). A characterization of dynamic reasoning: Reasoning with time as parameter, Journal of Mathematical Behavior
  • Kwon, O. N., Rasmussen, C., & Allen, K. (2005). Students’ retention of knowledge and skills in differential equations. School Science and Mathematics, 105(5), 227-239.
  • Rasmussen, C., Stephan, M., & Allen, K. (2004). Classroom Mathematical Practices and Gesturing. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 23. 301-323.

Courses Taught

  • EMS 472 Teaching Mathematics Topics in Senior High School
  • EMS 712 
  • EMS 704 
  • EMS 581 
  • EMS489 

Research Areas