Trena L. Wilkerson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
School of Education
One Bear Place #97314
Waco, TX 76798-7314
Office: Burleson 205
I received my undergraduate degree from Mississippi College in 1976 with a major in mathematics. Masters work was completed in 1980 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana with an emphasis in mathematics education. In 1992 I received my Ph.D. from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in Curriculum & Instruction with a focus in mathematics.
Wilkerson, T. L. (2004). MATELT: A model approach to preparing mathematics education leaders. Louisiana Educational Research Journal, 29(2), 57-70.
Downes, T. Ki, W., Leonard, R., Nagabhushan, P., Schubert, S.,Webb, Ian, & Wilkerson, T. (2003) "The Professional Teacher-Contexts, Capabilities, and Competencies". Focus Group Report in the book Information and Communication Technology and the Teacher of the Future. Ed. Dowling, C. & Lai, K. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 125-128.
Wilkerson, T. & Rogers, D. (2003). "Multiple Platform Videoconferencing to Support Teacher education and Professional development in Mathematics" in the book ICT and the Teacher of the Future. McDougall, Murnane, Stacey & Dowling, Eds. Vol. 23 in the Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series. Australian Computer Society, Inc. (23), 135-137.
Wilkerson, T. L. (2003). A Triad Model for Preparing Preservice Teachers for the Integration of Technology in Teaching and Learning. Action in Teacher Education, 24(4), 27-32.
Johnsen, C. & Wilkerson, T. L. (2003). My Journey Towards A New Slant On Slope. Mathematics Teacher. 97,(7), 504-508.
Wilkerson, T.L. (2001). Reading and writing the digital way. Learning & Leading with Technology. 29(3), 42-45,60-61. Journal of International Society for Technology in Education.
Philosophy of Teaching:
Baylor University is an outstanding higher education institution with a focused vision for students, faculty, and community. It is exciting to be a part of a vision that includes support for foundational experiences and growth for future, cutting-edge research connected to exemplary teaching. In the 2012 Vision, I am particularly drawn to the Imperative "Establishing an environment where learning can flourish." If I had to summarize my goals for my students and myself, it is to foster that culture within my own classes and then as future teachers and leaders in education have them foster that same enriching learning environment tin their own situation. Teaching for me is a journey of the heart!
My research interests include mathematics education, teacher education, teacher efficacy, teaching and learning of mathematics, professional development, and assessment. I am interested in effective teaching of mathematics and its effects on student learning. I currently am doing research in early childhood understanding of geometric concepts and in effective professional development with mathematics teachers through Lesson Study.