Robert Capraro’s research focus is mathematics education, specifically formal and informal mathematics teaching and learning, mathematical representations/middle grades mathematics teaching and learning, quantitative research methods and analysis of mathematics standards and curriculum materials, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (stem) teaching and learning.
His expertise is applied research in school settings, program evaluation, the teacher as change agent for STEM school improvement, and STEM student achievement.
He recently received the best paper award from the International Conference on Engineering Education where he and two colleagues presented their work related to the Aggie STEM project.
He is currently involved in research in four school districts and more than 20,000 students and 80 teachers. His editorial work includes Associate Editor of the American Educational Research Journal, School Science and Mathematics, and Middle Grades Research Journal and the Research Advisory Committee for the Association of Middle Level Education.
He was selected as a minority scholar for 2007 by the Educational Testing Service and served as president of the Southwest Educational Research Association.
He is the author or co-author of three books, several book chapters and more than 100 journal articles on mathematics education, quantitative research methods, and teacher education published in such venues as Journal of Mathematics Education, International Journal for Studies in Mathematics Education, and Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research.
He recently was awarded a $400,000 grant by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to continue his work with developmental education.
He is a professor and co-director of Aggie STEM in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M.
He earned a BS in education from Saint Thomas University, an MS in education and and an EdS in education from the University of Miami, and a PhD in education from the University of Southern Mississippi.