Wednesday, January 17, 2018

UTT Faculty Receives International Award at AERA 2017 Conference

Dr Andrew Hunte AERA 2017 International Award Recipient

Dr. Andrew Hunte, Assistant Professor – Mathematics and Programme Leader Foundations and Prior Learning, was presented with an International Travel Award at the recently concluded American Educational Research Association (AERA) Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The Conference which took place from Thursday 27 April – Monday 1 May 2017, had as its overall theme: Knowledge to Action: Achieving the Promise of Equal Educational Opportunity. According to AERA’s website, “the theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is a call to examine critical dimensions of educational opportunity and rigor in research as they pertain to the diversity of issues, populations and contexts served in and by educational inquiry”.

The International Relations Committee selected Dr. Hunte from 120 eligible submissions to receive the International Travel Award based on his outstanding scholarly work which was presented at the Conference. Dr. Hunte delivered a presentation entitled, Reform-based instruction of Reasoning and Proof in Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean and African Studies in Education (CASE) Special Interest Group.

The paper was well received and has initiated talks with several mathematics educators for future projects about mathematics instruction in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. Dr. Hunte was recognised at an award ceremony held in San Antonio, Texas on Friday, April 28th. This is indeed an honour and outstanding achievement for UTT since it is indicative of the rich culture of research within the University.

Having returned to UTT in August 2016 after completing a Fulbright Faculty Development Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Dr. Hunte has presented at international conferences in Germany and the United States.