Cynthia Langrall, Professor of Mathematics Education, has been named editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME). The journal, published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, prints scholarly articles on the teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels, from preschool to adult. “The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education is the profession’s top research journal,” said Dr. George Seelinger, Chair of the Department of Mathematics. “It is an honor to have the journal housed at Illinois State, and I feel confident that Dr. Langrall and her associate editors, Nerida Ellerton and Tami Martin, will do an excellent job of editing it.” Editors select articles that emphasize reports of research, including experiments, case studies, surveys, philosophical studies, and historical studies; articles about research, including literature reviews and theoretical analyses; critiques of articles and books; and brief commentaries on writers’ own research. The journal is published five times a year: January, March, May, July, and November. Langrall will begin her role as editor in the first 2013 issue.
Langrall says she is “very excited about serving as the editor of JRME and consider[s] it a privilege to edit the journal. ” She will have the opportunity to shape and influence research that is being done in the field. Her goal as editor is to be a good steward of the journal, maintaining its reputation but also making it relevant and accessible to broader audiences. There are many facets to mathematics education, such as polices and social issues, and Langrall hopes to publish research that acknowledges these different perspectives.
At Illinois State, Langrall teaches courses in elementary and middle level education. She is the director of the PhD program in Mathematics Education and teaches many graduate level courses. Her own research is dedicated to studying the development of students’ probabilistic and statistical reasoning.