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Patricia Brosnan

Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning

Program Area: Math, STEM

(614) 292-8060
brosnan.1@osu.edu

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Biography

Patricia A. Brosnan is an associate professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning. She received her PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo, a MEd at University of Pennsylvania and a BS in mathematics at John Carroll University. Brosnan taught for 13 years in secondary mathematics and computer science prior to joining the faculty at The Ohio State University more than 25 years ago.

She has served as a national Team Leader for the Mathematics Teacher Education Partnership, PME Task Force, Vice President and Conference Chair for Ohio Council for Teacher Mathematics, Co-Chair of Ohio Mathematics Education Leadership Council and on Program Committees for National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Phi Mu Epsilon and School Science and Mathematics Association. She has published in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Teaching Exceptional Children, Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, and Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School.

Brosnan has received the Ohio ASCD Educational Leadership Award and the Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award from Ohio State’s College of Education.

Currently, Dr. Brosnan serves as the executive director of the Mathematics Coaching Program, now in its 10th year, demonstrating Brosnan’s research interests in improving struggling students’ mathematics achievement as well as improving teachers’ mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge. This research parlayed into preliminary successes in developing the Co-Planning and Co-Teaching Apprenticeship for Learning model for pre-service and in-service teachers.

Education

  • PhD, Mathematics Education and Computer Science Education, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989
  • MEd, Mathematics Education, University of Pennsylvania at Behrend, 1978
  • BS, Mathematics, John Carroll University, 1978

Research Interests

Research Summary

Brosnan’s research interests are in improving struggling students’ mathematics learning as well as improving teachers’ mathematics content and pedagogical knowledge.

She is the executive director of the Mathematics Coaching Program, now in its 10th year, that focuses on training coaches in research-based strategies for the teaching and learning of mathematics for which they work full time providing classroom-embedded professional development to teachers in their own classrooms.

Brosnan is the founder of the Co-Planning and Co-Teaching program which is an enhanced clinical experience model for mentors and interns to use during student teaching. Many of the department’s licensure areas are now considering adoption of this model that has also been implemented in eight other states.

Selected Publications

  1. Brosnan, P., Jaede, M., Brownstein, E., & Stroot, S. (2014). Co-Planning and Co-Teaching in an Urban Context. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  2. Jaede, M., Brosnan, P., Leigh, K., & Stroot, S. (2014). Teaching to Transgress: How Cognitive CoachingSM Influences the Apprenticeship Model in Pre-Service Urban Teacher Education. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  3. Brosnan, P., Schmidlin, A., Grant, G. (2013). Successful mathematics achievement is attainable. In Hattie, J. & Anderman, E. (Editors). International Guide to Student Achievement. Taylor & Francis/Routledge. NY, NY.
  4. Brosnan, P. (2013). Mathematics Coaching Handbook, Volume Ic, Columbus, Ohio.
  5. Brosnan, P. (2013). Mathematics Coaching Handbook, Volume IIc, Columbus, Ohio.
  6. Brosnan, P. (2013). Mathematics Coaching Facilitator Handbook (revised), Columbus, Ohio.
  7. Brosnan, P., Manouchehri, A. (2012). Positive impact on student achievement though a mathematics coaching program. Proceedings of The 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), July 8-15, 2012, COEX, Seoul, Korea.
  8. Manouchehri, A., Brosnan, P. (2012). Challenges in a mathematics coaching program for development of mathematics teacher leaders. Proceedings of The 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), July 8-15, 2012, COEX, Seoul, Korea.
  9. Brosnan, P. (2011). Unpacking Start-up Difficulties in Mathematics Coaching. Proceedings of the 33nd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2011. Reno, Nevada.
  10. Zollinger, S., Brosnan, P. (2011). Predicting student achievement: A path analysis model on a mathematics coaching program. Research on Education, Assessment, and Learning, R.E.A.L. 2 (02). Columbus, Ohio.
  11. Harrison, R., Higgins, C., Zollinger, S., Brosnan, P. (2011) Mathematics coaching program fidelity and its impact on student achievement. Proceedings of the 33nd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 2011. Reno, Nevada.
  12. Brosnan, P. (2010). Mathematics coaching and its impact on student achievement.  In P. Brosnan, D. B. Erchick, and Flevares, L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 32nd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University, 6, 1362-1370.
  13. Brosnan, P. (2010). Mathematics coaching and its impact on urban students' mathematics proficiency on high stakes testing. In P. Brosnan, D. B. Erchick, and Flevares, L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 32nd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University, 6, 1362-1370.
  14. Liu, Y., Brosnan, P. (2010). Examining the geometry content of state standardized exams using the Van Hiele model in the Mathematics Coaching Program.  In P. Brosnan, D. B. Erchick, and Flevares, L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 32nd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University, 6, 1362-1370.
  15. Zhang, P. Brosnan, P. (2010).  Analysis and inference to students' approaches about development of problem-solving ability in the Mathematics Coaching Program.  In P. Brosnan, D. B. Erchick, and Flevares, L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 32nd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University, 6, 1362-1370.
  16. Zollinger, S., Brosnan, P.  (2010).  Mathematics coaching: Impact on student proficiency levels after one year of participation. In P. Brosnan, D. B. Erchick, and Flevares, L. (Eds.). Proceedings of the 32nd annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University, 6, 1362-1370.