Fast, Gerald

Dr. Jean I. Erdman, Ph.D., Professor

Doctor of Philosophy
University of Toronto- 1994

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mathematics education
  • Mathematics misconceptions
  • Cognitively guided instruction
  • Mathematics instruction in multicultural environments

Brief Bio:

I have two years teaching experience in the elementary school and 13 years in middle/high schools. Twelve of these years were in Canadian schools and three in Zimbabwe schools. Also, seven years of this experience was in private schools and the rest in public schools. In post-secondary teaching, I have over sixteen years of experience, five of which were in a teachers’ college in Zimbabwe. Most of my teaching experience involved mathematics.

My research interests have revolved primarily around misconceptions in mathematics, especially in the area of probability. I have published a number of papers on this topic. I have also researched and written on Cognitively Guided Instruction, the integration of literature and mathematics, and mathematics teaching in diverse cultures. My research has been conducted in Canada, Zimbabwe, and the USA.


Date of First Employment at UW Oshkosh: September 1995

Years of P-12 Experience: 15 years


Classes Typically Taught:

  • Elementary Mathematics Methods
  • Secondary Mathematics Methods
  • Mathematics Curriculum and Instruction (graduate level)
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