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Keri Valentine, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

keri valentine

(304) 293-4335

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education

Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies, WVU College of Education and Human Services

I am fairly new to West Virginia University, starting my position as assistant professor in mathematics education in August 2014. I grew up near Atlanta, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia (UGA) three times, making me a “triple dog.” Although I began my college career with a major in comparative religion, I returned to school in 1999 with the goal of teaching middle school math and science. Teaching and leading mathematics reform from 2002 – 2010, I decided to return to UGA and pursue a doctorate in Learning, Design, and Technology. It is here that I continued to investigate ways to support cognitive flexibility on the part of middle school mathematics learners using design-based research strategies in conjunction with phenomenological research methods. For the past several years, I have been investigating informal STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) learning environments in the context of summer game design camps for 11-17 year olds. My goal is to understand how young learners engage in design thinking and design practices, working to relate these to the Next Generation Science Standards engineering practices.

To learn more about Dr. Valentine, visit her website at

Research Interests:

  • Cognitive flexibility among mathematics learners
  • Hypermedia design (see Space and Perspective site)
  • Ill-structured problem solving
  • Design thinking among K12 learners
  • Learners’ shifting perspectives
  • Post-intentional phenomenological research methods
  • Design-based research
  • Technology integration in K12
  • Tabletop and video game design in K12