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Michael Daiga, Assistant Professor of Education, joined the Department of Education in August of 2017. His primary research interest focuses on mathematics education, specifically looking at teacher’s statistical knowledge in graphical representations. He currently teaches coursework topics that focus on how children learn mathematics, mathematical methods, educational psychology and statistics.
Before coming to Wittenberg, Michael taught secondary mathematics and business coursework for eight years. He brings a wide range of experience from working with students in urban, rural, and suburban schools. He also taught mathematics education coursework at Indiana University and conducted teacher professional development about how young children think about numbers and operations.
Michael is active in the mathematics education research community. He has presented at numerous state, national and international conferences for organizations including the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Psychology of Mathematics Education, and School Science and Mathematics Association. He has worked on the governing board as treasurer of the Indiana Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and currently serves as a Policy Board member of the School Science and Mathematics Association. His recent presentations and publications focus statistics education, teacher education, teacher knowledge, and transnumeration.
He earned his bachelors in Actuarial Science from Purdue University, M.A.T. in Teacher Education from Oakland City University, and Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from Indiana University. His dissertation entitled “Preservice Teachers Knowledge and Use of Transnumeration” focuses on what secondary teachers know from implied markings on graphical representations. Michael grew-up the son of two teachers: his father (George) was a mathematics teacher and his mother (Rose) a Spanish teacher. Michael is the faculty representative of Athletes in Action for the university. Michael lives in Bellbrook with his wife (Daren) and three young children Isaac, Levi, and Anna.