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Kelli Ruth Thomas, Ph.D

School of Education - Curriculum & Teaching
Associate Professor
Associate Dean for Teacher Education and Undergraduate Programs
Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics Education, University of Kansas
Primary office:
785-864-9681
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 343
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Dr. Kelli Thomas is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Kansas, Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Dr. Thomas’ professional work has focused on mathematics and science teaching, learning, and assessment in schools for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Kansas, Thomas was on faculty at the University of Central Missouri. She began her career in education teaching in public school settings including the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) in Germany.

Dr. Thomas specializes in elementary mathematics education.

Education

Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction - Mathematics Education, University of Kansas

M.S.A., Administration, Central Michigan University

B.S.E., Elementary Education, University of Central Missouri

Teaching

mathematics education; elementary mathematics methods; mathematics instruction; mathematics curriculum

Research

Her research investigates issues related to assessment and evaluation, mathematics and science education in schools, mathematics teacher development, and students’ mathematical reasoning as they solve problems. Thomas currently serves as the Mathematics Learning Map Team Leader for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Project through the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation at the University of Kansas.

Thomas has published results of her collaborative research in various journals such as the Journal of Educational Research, School Science and Mathematics, Action in Teacher Education, Teaching Children Mathematics, and the American Journal of Evaluation. She has presented sessions at international, national, and regional conferences in the fields of mathematics education, assessment and evaluation, and educational research.


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