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Cathrine Maiorca

Education

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV; 2016
Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Mathematics Education
Dissertation topic: A Case Study: Students’ Mathematics-Related Beliefs from Integrated STEM Model-Eliciting Activities
 
Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village, NV; 2011
M.A.T., Secondary Education
 
Austin College, Sherman, TX; 1997
B.A. Mathematics and Music

Professional Experience

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
2016-present
Assistant Professor in Mathematics Education,

Peer Review Journals 

Bush, S. B., *Edelen, D., Roberts, T., Maiorca, C., Ivy, J. T., Cook, K. L., Tripp, L. O. Burton, M., Alameh, S., Jackson, C., Mohr-Schroeder, M. J., Schroeder, D. C., *McCurdy, R. P., Cox Jr., R. (under review). The role of empathy in integrated STE(A)M instruction.  

Cook, K., Alameh, S., Tripp, O. Maiorca, C., Schroeder, C., & Mohr-Schroder, M. (2021). Five Practices for Effective and Equitable Discourse: An Example from a Virtual STEM Experience. Connected Science.

Jackson, C., Mohr-Schroeder, M. J., Bush, S., Maiorca, C., Roberts, O. T., (2021). Equity-Oriented Conceptual Framework for K-12 STEM literacy. International Journal of STEM Education. doi.org/10.1186/s40594-021-00294-z 

Maiorca, C. (2021). GPS: Using Engineering Design Problems to Promote Mathematical Problem Solving. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12, 114 (2), p. 154 -158) 

Maiorca, C., Roberts, T., Jackson, C. Bush, S. Delaney, A. Mohr-Schroeder, M. Yao, S. (2020).  Informal Learning Environments and Impact on Interest in STEM Careers.  International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. DOI 10.1007/s10763-019-10038-9

Maiorca, C. & Mohr-Schroeder, M. (2020).  Elementary preservice teachers’ integration of engineering into STEM lesson plans. School Science and Mathematics. DOI: 10.1111/ssm.12433

Shih, J., Ing, M., Phelan, J., Brown, R. & Maiorca, C. (2019). The Influence of Students' Self-Perceptions and Mathematics Experiences on Learning More Mathematics in the Future. Investigations in Mathematics Learning. doi.org/10.1080/19477503.2019.1582960
 
Roberts, T., Jackson, C., Mohr-Schroeder, M., Bush, S., Maiorca, C., Cavalcanti, M., Schroeder, C., Delaney, A., Putnam, L., & Cremeans, C. (2018). Students’ perceptions of STEM learning after participating in a summer informal learning experience. International Journal of STEM Education.
 
Maiorca, C. & Roberts, T. (2018). Informal STEM Learning Changing Preservice Teachers’ beliefs. In J. N. Thomas & M. J. Mohr-Schroeder (Eds.), Proceedings of the 117th annual convention of the School Science and Mathematics Association (Vol. 4).
 
Maiorca, C. & Stohlmann, M. (2017). The Impact of an Integrated STEM After-School Program on Elementary Students’ Beliefs About the Role of the Teacher. Proceedings of the 16th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education.
 
Stohlmann, M., Maiorca, C., & DeVaul, L. (2017). Elementary teachers’ engineering design activities from a state without engineering standards. Science Educator, 26(1), 1-12.
 
Stohlmann, M., Maiorca, C., & Allen, C. (2017). A case study of teachers’ development of well-structured mathematical modeling activities. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development. 19(2), 4-24
 
Stohlmann, M., Maiorca, C., & Olson, T. (2015). Preservice secondary teachers’ conceptions from a mathematical modeling activity and connections to the Common Core State Standards. The Mathematics Educator Journal.
 
Stohlmann, M., Cramer, K., Moore, T., & Maiorca, C. (2014). Changing preservice elementary teachers’ beliefs about mathematical knowledge. Mathematics Teacher Education and Development
 

Book Chapters

Maiorca, C., &  Stohlmann, M., & Driessen, E. (2019). Getting to the bottom of the truth: STEM shortage OR STEM surplus?. Sahin, A., & Mohr-Schroeder, M. J. (Eds). Myths and Truths: What has years of K-12 STEM education research taught us?  Brill Publishing.
 
Mohr-Schroeder, M., Bush, S., Maiorca, C., Nickels, M. (2020). STEM literacy. Handbook of Research on STEM Education. C. Johnson, M. Mohr-Schroeder, T. Moore & L. English (Eds). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.
 
Maiorca, C & Stohlmann, M. (2016). Inspiring students in STEM education through modeling activities. Annual Perspectives in Mathematics Education 2016: Mathematical Modeling and Modeling Mathematics. Reston, VA
 

Conference Presentations

Burton, M., Tripp, L. O., Maiorca, C., Roberts, T., & Ivy, J. (August 2021). Lessons learned from teaching STEM in a virtual environment: A self-study. In J. Novotna & H. Moraova (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Symposium of Elementary Mathematics Teaching: Broadening Experiences in Elementary School Mathematics. (pp. 129-138). Prague, the Czech Republic.  Hybrid

Roberts, T., Roberts, A. C., & Maiorca, C. (2021). A mixed-methods exploration of first-year inclusive preservice teachers’ conceptions of teaching mathematics. Paper presented at the 2021 American Educational Research Association Conference. Virtual.

Jackson, C., Mohr-Schroeder, M. J., Roberts, T., & Maiorca, C. (2021). Students’ perceptions of mathematics and science. Roundtable session at the 2021 American Educational Research Association Conference. Virtual.

Benken, B., & Maiorca, C. (2021) Using Integrated STEM as a Context to Teach Mathematics: Expanding Prospective Elementary Teachers’ Dispositions. Annual Meeting of Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Virtual

Maiorca, C., & Roberts, T. (2021). Integrating STEM in elementary classrooms with MEAs. Annual Meeting of the International Technology Engineering Educators Association. Virtual

Roberts, T., & Maiorca, C. (2021). Leveraging informal learning to engage underrepresented populations. Annual Meeting of the International Technology Engineering Educators Association. Virtual

Maiorca, C., Roberts, T., Jackson, C., & Mohr-Schroeder, M. (2020) Informal STEM learning: Expanding students’ perceptions of Mathematics. Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Virtual

Maiorca, C. & Benken, B. (2021). Preservice Dispositions towards using Integrated STEM to Teach MathematicsAnnual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Virtual 

Maiorca, C., & Benken, B. (2020). Using Integrated STEM to Teach Math in a Virtual World. California STEAM Symposium. Virtual

Maiorca, C., Roberts, T., Jackson, C. Bush, S., & Mohr-Schroeder, M. (2020). Raising STEM career awareness through informal STEM experiences. Annual Meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association. Virtual.

Maiorca, C. & Mohr-Schroder, M. (2020). The Integration of Engineering in Integrated STEM Lesson Plans by Elementary Pre-service Teachers. Annual Meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association. Virtual.

Roberts, T., & Maiorca, C. (2020). Leveraging informal learning to engage underrepresented populations. Annual Meeting of the International Technology Engineering Educators Association. Baltimore, MD. (canceled due to COVD)

Maiorca, C. & Roberts, T. (2020). Integrating STEM in elementary classrooms with MEAs. Annual Meeting of the International Technology Engineering Educators Association. Baltimore, MD. (canceled due to COVD)

Maiorca, C. & Roberts, T. (2020). Examining preservice teachers' STEM dispositions through informal learning. Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Las Vegas, NV.

Roberts, T., & Maiorca, C. (2020). Influencing preservice teachers’ mathematics knowledge and conceptions. Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Las Vegas, NV

Maiorca, C. & Benken B. (2019). Integrating STEM into an Elementary Mathematics Methods Course to Expand Dispositions Towards Teaching STEM. National STEM Summit. Raleigh, NC.
 
Benken, B. & Maiorca, C. (2019). Expanding Dispositions by Using Integrated STEM Unit in Elementary Methods. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research conference. San Diego, CA.
 
Benken, B. & Maiorca, C. (2018). Using Integrated Math and Science Standards-based Lessons to Enhance Preservice Elementary Teachers’ Understandings and Confidence. California STEAM Symposium 2018. Long Beach, CA
 
Maiorca, C. & Roberts, T. (2018). Informal STEM Learning Changing Preservice Teachers’ beliefs. Annual Meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association. Little Rock AR.
 
Schroeder, C.,  Maiorca, C., Jackson, C., Roberts, T., Delaney, A., Bush, S.,  Cavalcanti, M. & Mohr-Schroeder, M. (2018). Motivating and Inspiring Elementary and Middle Level Students’ Interest in STEM. Annual Meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association. Little Rock, AR.
 
Jackson, C.,  Cavalcanti, M., Dueber, D., Maiorca, C., Roberts, T., Delaney, A., Bush, S., Schroeder, C.(2018). Operationalizing Equity-Based STEM Literacy in Designing Quantitative Survey. Annual Meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association. Little Rock, AR.
 
Cavalcanti, C., Mohr-Schroeder, M. Jackson, C., Maiorca, C. Delaney, A., & Roberts, T. (2018). Going beyond the framework: Operationalizing an equity framework in designing quantitative survey. Annual Meeting of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. Houston TX.
 
Mohr-Schroeder, M., Jackson, C., Maiorca, C.,  Roberts, T.,  Delaney A. , & Schroeder, D. (2017). An equitable approach to a STEM Literacy Framework: Results of a Pilot. Annual Meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association. Lexington, KY.
 
Maiorca, C. & Olson, T. (2016). The implicit and explicit mathematics in integrated STEM activities. Annual Meeting of the School Science and Mathematics Association. Phoenix, AZ.
 
Maiorca, C. & Stohlmann, M. (2016). Integrated STEM and Model-Eliciting Activities: Making math more engaging. Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. San Francisco, CA
 
Maiorca, C. (2016). The Elephant in the Room: Students’ Mathematics-Related Beliefs. Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Orlando, FL.
 
Maiorca, C. & Olson, T. (2015). Making mathematics more relevant through integrated STEM. Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Boston, MA.
 
Stohlmann, M. & Maiorca, C. (2015). Mathematical modeling: A model approach to keep students engaged.  Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Boston, MA.
 
Maiorca, C. & Olson, T. (2015). Investigations into teachers’ perspectives on mathematical modeling. Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Las Vegas, NV.
 
Maiorca, C. (2015). Students' mathematics-related beliefs and STEM model-eliciting activities. Annual Meeting of the Research Council on Mathematics Learning. Las Vegas, NV.
 
Stohlmann, M., Allen, C. & Maiorca, C. (2015).  A case study of teachers’ development of well-structured mathematical modeling activities. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, Hawaii.
 
Stohlmann, M., Maiorca, C., & Olson, T. (2014). The mathematics of hotel/casino management. Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. New Orleans, LA.
 
Maiorca, C. & Stohlmann, M. (2014). The how and why of integrated STEM model- eliciting activities. Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. New Orleans, LA.
 
Stohlmann, M., Cramer, K., Moore, T., & Maiorca, C. (2013). Changing preservice elementary teachers’ beliefs through models of students’ thinking about fraction division. Poster presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Research Pre-session. Denver, CO.
 
Stohlmann, M. & Maiorca, C. (2013). It’s not STEM without the M. Southern Nevada Math and Science Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV.

Research Interest

Integrated STEM Education, Equity in STEM Education, Model-Eliciting Activities, Preservice Teachers dispositions towards integrated STEM and Mathematics Education, Informal STEM Learning ​

Current Research Projects

  • STEM @ The Beach
  • Family STEM Literacies and Digital Technology Practices at the Aquarium