Dr. Adams has an ongoing interest in the development of mathematical reasoning. Her current work focuses on teachers’ role in developing and supporting student reasoning. She is currently involved in a collaborative research and professional development project, Making Mathematics Reasoning Explicit, with colleagues Dr. Rob Ely at U Idaho and Dr. Libby Knott and Jo Clay Olson at WSU. This project is funded by The National Science Foundation and aims to create a cadre of mathematics teacher leaders in small rural school districts with a focus on mathematical reasoning, justification and generalization and will study changes in teacher practice and student mathematical reasoning.
Her ongoing work focuses on working with teachers to enhance strategies for teaching and learning mathematics with understanding for all students. From 2007 to 2011 her collaborative project Literacy Instruction in Mathematics and Science for Secondary Teachers (with Dr. Jerine Pegg, University of Alberta) worked with secondary teachers to integrate literacy strategies into instruction to support students in reasoning and making meaning of the mathematics and science they are learning. In the context of this project she studied teachers’ and students’ use of literacy strategies in mathematics and science.
Dr. Adams’ enjoys the opportunities that her current work provides her in working with pre-service and in-service teachers while still allowing conversations with K-12 students about their mathematical thinking.