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Langer-Osuna, Jennifer

Academic Title 
Assistant Professor
Contact Information
Program Affiliations 
CTE
CTE: Mathematics Education
SHIPS (PhD): Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
(MA) LDT
(MA) STEP
Access and Equity
Classroom Dynamics
Collaborative Learning & Problem Solving
Design Experiments
Diversity
Elementary Education
Equity
Identity
Latino Concerns in Education
Learning Design
Mathematical Problem-solving
Problem-based Learning
Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
School as a Context of Human Development
Small Group Instruction and Interaction

Dr. Langer-Osuna's research focuses on the nature of student identity and engagement during collaborative mathematical activity, and the ways in which authority and influence are constructed in interaction. Her current work, supported by an IRiSS faculty fellowship and the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching, focuses on understanding and supporting productive and equitable collaborative mathematics problem solving among elementary students. Her work has been published in the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Journal of the Learning Sciences, Mathematics Teaching and Learning, ZDM, Mathematics Education Research Journal, Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, among other outlets. 

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2009

M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2002

B.S. Carnegie Mellon University, University and College Honors, 1999

Since 2014. 

Assistant Professor, Stanford University, 2014-current.

Assistant Professor, University of Miami, 2009-2014. 

Refereed Journal Articles:

Langer-Osuna, J. (2016). The social construction of authority among peers and its implications for collaborative mathematics problem solving. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 18(2), 107-124.

Langer-Osuna, J. & Avalos, M. (2015). Heterogeneous talk and the emergence of dialogic space in a fourth grade mathematics discussion. ZDM The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 47(7), 1313-1322.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2015). From getting ‘fired’ to becoming a collaborator: A case of the co-construction of identity and engagement in a project-based mathematics classroom. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 24(1), 53-92 .

Langer-Osuna, J. (2015).  Linear equations and rap battles: How students in a wired classroom utilized the computer as a resource to coordinate personal and mathematical positional identities in hybrid spaces. Mathematics Education Research Journal 27(1), 51-64. 

Engle R.A., Langer-Osuna, J. & McKinney de Royston, M. (2014). Towards a model of influence in persuasive discussions: Negotiating quality, authority, and access within a student-led argument. Journal of the Learning Sciences. 23(2), 245-268

Esmonde, I. & Langer-Osuna, J. (2013). Power in numbers: Student participation in mathematical discussions in heterogeneous spaces. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 44(1). 288-315.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2011). How Brianna became bossy and Kofi came out smart: Understanding the differentially mediated identity and engagement of two group leaders in a project-based mathematics classroom. The Canadian Journal for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, 11(3), 207-225.

Bermejo, V., Morales, S., & Garcia de Osuna, J. (2004). Supporting children’s development of cardinality understanding. Learning and Instruction, 14(4), 381-398. 

Handbook and Book Chapters:

Langer-Osuna, J. & Esmonde, I. (Forthcoming). Insights and advances on research on identity in mathematics education, In Cai, J. (Ed). First Compendium for Research in Mathematics Education. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Langer-Osuna, J. (Forthcoming). Seeing the problem before attempting to solve it: The role of noticing sociopolitical narratives in equity-focused work: A Commentary on Wager's Case. In D.Y. White, S. Crespo, and M. Civil (Eds.) Cases for Teacher Facilitating Conversations about Inequities in Classrooms. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.

Langer-Osuna, J. Moschkovich, J., Norén, E., & Powell, A. (2016). Student agency and counter-narratives in diverse multilingual mathematics classrooms. In M. Setati, T. Nkambule & L. Goosen (Eds.) Mathematics Education and Language Diversity. (pp. 163-173). Springer.

Langer-Osuna, J. & Esmonde, I. (2015). It’s like you’re a teacher!: A social semiotic analysis of authority relations among high school mathematics students. In P. Trifonas (Ed.) The international handbook of semiotics. (pp.1213-1223). Springer.

Avalos, M., Zisselberger, M. Langer-Osuna, J, & Secada, W. (2015). Building teacher knowledge of academic literacy and language acquisition: A framework for cross-disciplinary professional development. In Multilingual Learners and Academic Literacies: Sociocultural Contexts of Literacy Development in Adolescents. (pp. 255-276). Routledge.

Saxe, G. B., Shaughnessy, M. M., Shannon, A., Langer-Osuna, J., Chinn, R., & Gearhart, M. (2007). Learning about fractions as points on a number Line. In W. G. Martin, M. E. Strutchens, & P. C. Elliott (Eds.), The learning of mathematics: Sixty-ninth yearbook (pp. 221-237). Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Refereed Proceedings:

Kumar, M., Sengupta-Irvung, T., Enyedy, N., Gresalfi, M., Langer-Osuna, J., Sfard, A., & Gutierrez, K.D. (2014). Becoming More Mathematical: New Directions for Describing and Designing for Positive Dispositions Toward Mathematics. In J.L. Polman, E.A. Kyza, D. K. O'Neill, I. Tabak, W.R. Penuel, A. S. Jurow, K. O'Connor,T. Lee, and L. D'Amico (Eds.) Learning and Becoming in Practice: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2014) – Volume 3. International Society of the Learning Sciences: Boulder, CO.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2012).  The authority of ideas: How students become influential in linguistically heterogeneous small group discussions. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.) The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Selected Abstracts. International Society of the Learning Sciences: Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Secada, W., Zisselberger, M., Langer-Osuna, J., & Avalos, M. (2011). A linguistic analysis of mathematics textbooks. In M. Setati, T. Nkambule & L. Goosen (Eds.) Proceedings of the 21st International Commission on Mathematical Instruction Conference: Mathematics Education and Language Diversity (ICMI Study-21). International Commission on Mathematics Instruction: Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Langer-Osuna, J. M. & Engle, R. A. (2010). “I study features; believe me, I should know!” The meditational role of distributed expertise in the development of student authority. Gomez, K., Lyons, L., & Radinsky, J. (Eds.) Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) - Volume 1, Full Papers. (pp. 612-619). International Society of the Learning Sciences: Chicago IL.

Engle, R. A., Langer-Osuna, J. & McKinney de Royston, M. (2008).  Toward a model of differential influence in discussions: Negotiating quality, authority, and access within a heated classroom argument.  In B. C. Love, K. McRae & V. M. Sloutsky (Eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2010-2015).  Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2007). Toward a framework for the co-construction of learning and identity in mathematics classrooms. In Proceedings of the Second Annual Socio-cultural Theory in Educational Research and Practice Conference: Theory, Identity and Learning, Manchester, England, available at http://www.education.manchester.ac.uk/research/centres/lta/LTAResearch/S...

Munnich, E., Ranney, M., Nelson, J., Garcia de Osuna, J., & Brazil, N. (2003). Policy shift through Numerically-Driven Inferencing: An EPIC experiment about when base rates matter. In R. Alterman & D. Kirsh (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 834-839). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum

Invited Addresses:

Langer-Osuna, J. (2016, January). Invited panelist, Classroom discourse as formative assessment at Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), Irvine, CA.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2015, November). Invited talk, The authority of ideas: Understanding influence during collaborative mathematical activity. UC San Diego.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2015, November). Invited talk, Constructing influence: A situative approach to understanding the travel of ideas. UC Berkeley.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2015, November). Invited panelist, Addressing Equity And Diversity Issues In Mathematics Education Working Group, PME-NA, East Lansing, MI.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2015, October). Invited doctoral mentoring talk. Becoming a scholar: Reflections on framing research and identities, University of Houston.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2015, May). Invited talk, Addressing equity and the Common Core in the elementary mathematics classroom. Social Policy and Research in Cognition and Mathematics Education (SPaRCME), UC Berkeley.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2014, November). Invited talk, Power plays: The construction of student authority during collaborative problem-solving. NCTM Regional Conference and Exposition, Houston.

Langer-Osuna, J. (2012, February). Invited talk, The authority of ideas: Understanding influence in student-led discussions. Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.