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Washington State University
College of Education

David Slavit


David Slavit

Mathematics Education
vancouver campus
VUB 330
vancouver, wA  98686-9600


Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

David Slavit’s work involves two specific areas: 1) analyzing pre-service and in-service teacher development, and 2) student learning processes and the long-term development of mathematical understandings, with an emphasis on the development of algebraic thinking. Various instructional technologies have been present in the majority of Slavit’s research projects on student learning and instruction. His framework stems from social constructivist and enactivist perspectives and the belief that the negotiation of meaning on a personal and communal level is central in the development of further understanding.

Teaching/professional interests

Professor Slavit teaches courses in math methods, educational psychology, doctoral courses in math education, math content, and a cross-disciplinary honors course. He is a member of the American Educational Research Association, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Psychology of Mathematics Education.

Recent accomplishments

  • Slavit, D., Lesseig, K., & Simpson, A. (2022). An analytic framework for understanding student thinking in STEM contexts. Journal of Pedagogical Research, 6(2), 132-148.; DOI:
  • Slavit, D., Lessieg, K., & Grace, E. (2021). Student ways of thinking in STEM contexts: A focus on claim making and reasoning. School Science and Mathematics, 121(8), 466-480.
  • Slavit, D. (2020). Frameworks for analyzing collaborative teacher activity. In G. M. Lloyd & O. Chapman (Eds.), International handbook of mathematics teacher education: Volume 3, Participants in mathematics teacher education (15-50). Boston: Brill Publishing.
  • Slavit, D., & deVincenzi, A. (2019). The use of standards-based grading in a STEM-focused learning context. Assessment Matters, 13, 113-156.
  • Founding Director, Washington State University Ph.D. in Mathematics and Science Education
  • University of Eastern Finland, Research and instructional collaboration, Lasse Eronen primary contact.
  • Planning Committee, Advisory Board Member, Researcher, Consultant, Professional Development Provider, iTech Preparatory School, Vancouver Public Schools; September, 2012 – present.
  • Boeing Distinguished Professor of STEM Education; August, 2011 – August, 2016.
  • Creator and Organizer, Research on Collaborative Teacher Inquiry Conference. Funded by the National Science Foundation ($21,936); Skamania, WA, May 2009.

Educational background

  • Ph.D. Mathematics Education, University of Delaware, 1994
  • M.A. Mathematics, University of Missouri, 1988
  • B.S. Mathematics Education, University of Missouri, 1985