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    CHRISTOPHER RAKES - Biography  
Ph.D. University of Louisville (2010)
Assistant Professor
Office:  ACIV Building, A Wing, Room 415
Phone:  410-455-3483
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Dr. Christopher Rakes

Christopher Rakes, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Education at UMBC. He holds a B.A. in mathematics education from the University of Kentucky (1999), M.A. in secondary mathematics education from the University of Kentucky (2000), and his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics Education) from the University of Louisville (2010).

Dr. Rakes taught mathematics for ten years (eight in secondary; two in postsecondary) in both urban and rural settings, where he concentrated on helping at-risk students succeed in mathematics. For two years, he coordinated the peer review of grant proposals on the Mathematics and Science panel at the Institute of Education Sciences. He also edited reports from the National Center of Education Statistics and a practice guide on mathematics problem solving from the National Center of Education Evaluation.

His scholarly work involves multiple methods such as systematic review, meta-analysis, structural equation modeling (SEM), hierarchical linear modeling (HLM), and mixed methodology. He studies methods for improving student learning in mathematics, teacher knowledge and the role of teacher knowledge in classroom practice, the use of technology in mathematics education, and the relationship of misconceptions in algebra, geometry, rational numbers, and probability.