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Laurel Cooley
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Brooklyn College|CUNY Graduate Center
Phone: (718) 951-5000 x1524
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. in mathematics, New York University.
Research Interests: Understanding how students construct their mathematical understandings with a focus on calculus and linear algebra

Cooley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Brooklyn College. She earned her Ph.D. in mathematics in 1995 at New York University. Her research interests include understanding how students construct their mathematical understandings with a focus on calculus and linear algebra. To this end, she has published papers on the use of computer technology (Mathematica and Maple) in Calculus, on the use of writing in calculus to foster reflective abstraction (the method by which students may construct or reconstruct mathematical understanding), and schema development of calculus graphing techniques. She continues to be interested in the effects of technology, writing, and other innovative teaching methods in mathematics. She is conducting a current study, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), on the Learning of Linear Algebra. Professor Cooley is also the Director of MetroMath@CUNY which is a Center for Learning and Teaching Mathematics (CLT), one of 13 CLT’s in the USA funded by the NSF and housed at The Graduate Center.