Sylvia Bulgar
Professor Email: sbulgar@rider.edu
Phone Number: 609-895-5438
Department Name:
Teacher Education
Office Location:
Memorial Hall 102K

Faculty Office Hours

Mailing Address:
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Role: 
Faculty
Title: 
Professor
Email: 
sbulgar@rider.edu
Phone Number: 
609-895-5438
Department Name: 
Teacher Education
Mailing Address: 
2083 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Office Location: 
Memorial Hall 102K

Academic Background

5/02 Doctor of Education. Mathematics Education. Rutgers University.
5/99 Master of Education. Mathematics Education. Rutgers University.
1/68 Bachelor of Arts. Education/ Mathematics. Brooklyn College

Selected Publications

  • Bulgar, S. & R.Y. ( in progress). “ I can be  a good mathematician”- A study of the mathematical problem solving of inner city high school students.
  • Bulgar, S., Schoor, R.Y. & Warner, L.B (2004). Flexibility in solving problems relating to fraction. Twenty-sixth conference of the north American Chapter of the international Group for the Psychology of Mathematical Education: Building Connections Between Communities. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Schorr, R.Y., Bulgar, S., Razze, J., Monfils, L. & Firestone, W.A. (2004). Teaching Mathematic and Science. In W.A. Firestone, R.Y. Schorr & L.F. Monfils (EDs.), The Ambiguity of teaching to the test. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
  • Bulgar, S. (2003) Children’s sense-making of division of fractions. The Journal of Mathematical: Behaviors: Special Issue on Fractions, Ratio and proportional Reasoning, Part B. 22(3), 319-334.
  • Bulgar, S. (2003) Using research to inform practice: Children make sense of division of fractions. In N.A. Patemen, B.J. Dougherty & J.T. Zilliox (EDs.), Twenty-Seventh Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education held jointly with the Twenty-fifth Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: Vol. 2. Navigating Between Theory and Practice (157-164). Honolulu, HI: CRDG, College of Education, University of Hawai’i. 
  • Schorr, R.Y., Bulgar, S., Monfils, L., & Firestone, W.A . (2002). Teaching and testing at the forth grade level: An analysis of a two-year study in New Jersey. In D.S. Mewborn, P. Sztajn, D.Y. White, H.G. Wiegel, R.L. Bryant & K. Nooney (EDs.), Twenty-fourth Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group of the Psychology of Mathematics Education:Vol.2. Linking Research and Practice(557-588). Columbus, OH: ERIC Clearinghouse For Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.
  • Bulgar, S., Schorr, R.Y. & Maher, C.A. (2002). Teacher’s Questions and their role in helping students build an understanding of division of fraction. In A.D. Cockburn & E. Nardi (EDs.), Twenty-Sisth Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics: Vol. 2. Learning From Learners (161-167). Norwich, UK: School of Education and Professional Development University of Eat Anglia.
  • Schorr, R.Y., Bulgar, S. & Firestone, W.A. (2002). Testing and fourth grade teaching. In A.D Cockburn & E. Nardi (EDs.) Twenty-Sixth Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics: Vol.4. Learning From Learners (193-200). Norwich, UK: School of Education and Professional Development University of East Anglia.
  • Schorr, R.Y., Bulgar, S. (2002), Teaching mathematics and science: investigating classroom practices. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education and Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Bulgar, S. & Tarlow, L.D., (1999). Using problem solving in homogeneous groups to develop thoughtful mathematics. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. 4(7), (478-483)
  • Bulgar, S. & Tarlow, L.D., (1999). Using problem solving in homogeneous groups to develop thoughtful mathematics. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School. 4(7), (478-483). The International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA), an affiliate of UNESCO, included this article as a textual resource for teachers, teacher trainers and educational institutions among ten mathematics education sources selected for publication in IICBA’s electronic library. This article has subsequently been translated into Portuguese by IICBA.

Selected Presentations

  • Bulgar, S., Schorr, R.Y. & Warner, L.B. (2004). Flexibility in solving problems relating to fractions. Twenty-sixth Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: Building Connections Bewteen Communities. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Schorr, R.Y., Bulgar, S. (2004). Comparing solutions across the divide. Twenty-sxth Conference of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education: Building Connections Between Communities. Toronto, Ontario.
  • Teachers Thinking About Students’ Thinking. Presented at AMTE (Association of Mathematics Teaching Educators) Eighth Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. 2004.
  • High-Tech Support for Preservice  and In-service K-8 Teachers of Mathematics. Presented at ATME (Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators) Eighth Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. 2004.
  • Using Research To Inform Practice: Children Make Sense Of Division Of Fractions. Paper presented at Joint Meeting of the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and the 25th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Honolulu, HI. 2003
  • The Impact of Preparing for the Test on Classroom Practice. Paper presented at the Joint Meeting of the 27th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education and the 25th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International group of Psychology of Mathematics Education. Honolulu, HI. 2003.
  • Understanding Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking. Presented at ECE (Early Childhood Education Conference) Lawrenceville, NJ. 2003.
  • Teaching and testing Fourth Grade Level: An Analysis of a Two-Year Study in New Jersey. Paper presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Athens, GA. 2002.
  • Teachers Questions and Their Role in Helping Students Build an Understanding of Division of Fractions. Paper Presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Norwich, UK. 2002
  • Testing and Forth Grade Teaching. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Norwich, UK. 2002
  • Using Technology to Promote Meaningful Mathematical Discourse. Presented at NCTM (National Council of Teachers Mathematics) 80th Annual Conference. Las Vegas, NV. 2002.
  • Helping Teachers To Prepare Students for the GEPA (Grade eight Proficiency Assessment) Exam. Presented at Memorial Middle School. Elmwood Park, NJ. 2002
  • Preparing Students for the GEPA ( Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment) Exam. Presented at Memorial Middle School. Elmwood Park, NJ. 2002
  • Extending Mathematical Thinking Through Teachers Questioning. Presented to the Teachers of Atlantic City, NJ. 2000.

Current Research Agenda

The ultimate goal of all of my research is to provide democratic access o mathematics for all students. This manifests itself in the study of how children learn mathematics, with a  specific focus on fractions and especially division of fraction. I also study the effects of testing on teaching and how urban, disadvantaged students can become empowered and engaged in the learning of mathematics.

Academic Honors Awards

  • 2004 Nominated for The 2004 American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Recognition Award for Emerging Scholars.
  • 2004 Nominated for 2004 Early Career Publication Award bestowed by The Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education of the American Education Research Association (SIG/RME/AERA).
  • 2003 Identified as one of 10 mathematics educators across the U.S showing strong leadership promise in mathematics education who will be followed by an NSF-funded a study to be carried out by faculty members of Michigan State University on leadership development in mathematics and science education. The study s expected to yield systemic data that can serve as a baseline for planning the effort in strengthening leadership and for judging the effects of these efforts by NSF and other groups.
  • 2003 Recipient of a grant to plan Mathematics Teaching Professionals Institute (Rider PRIME) to link Rider University and regional school districts.
  • 2003 Recipient of a Summer Innovative Instruction Grant to design inquiry-based laboratory mathematical method course, 2002. Rider University. SELECTED
  • 2002 Nominated for the Annual Rutgers Graduate School of Education Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Dissertation.

Other Professional Activities

  • Spring 2004 Member of research team for the pilot project, Just For The Kids, initiated at the request of the NJ Governor to help identify characteristics of exemplar schools throughout the state of NJ
  • Spring 2003 United Stated Secretary of Education’s Working Group for the Initiative on Mathematics Education for the Implementation of No Child Left Behind Legislation.
  • Fall 2003 Invited to participate in the United States Secretary of Education’s Summit on Science Teaching
  • Ongoing Member of The New Jersey Mathematics Coalition, the group responsible for, among other things, creation and evaluation of the NJ Core Content Curriculum Standard in Mathematics and State Assessments in Mathematics
  • Ongoing Assessment Report Task Force of the New Jersey Mathematics Coalition creating the document “ Are We Measuring Up?”
  • Ongoing Member of Rider University’s Public Relations Speakers Bureau
  • Ongoing Policy subcommittee of the Assessment Report Task Force of the New Jersey Mathematics Coalition, representing the viewpoint of higher education
  • Ongoing Academic Advisor to numerous students
  • Ongoing Member of Elementary Education (k-5) Program Development and Strategic Planning Committee
  • Ongoing Member of Mathematics Education Program Development and Strategic Planning Committee
  • Ongoing Junior-Year Committee
  • Ongoing Liaison for ongoing partnership between Rider University and Constable Elementary School in South Brunswick, a junior level field site
  • 2002-2003 Program Report Writer for the Mathematics Secondary Education Program for reaccredidation by NCATE ( National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
  • 2002-present Steering Committee for SELECT-VLC (Virtual Learning Community): High Tech Support for Continuum of Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics
  • Ongoing SELECTED Undergraduate Course Revision Group
  • Ongoing Support of math and science content faculty to help them infuse inquiry teaching methods into their courses
  • Spring 2004 Committee to develop new math-science major
  • Spring 2004 Committee o develop new math/science education program to prepare students to be qualified for the new math-science middle school license in New Jersey
  • Spring 2003 Search Committee for Directors of SELECT- 1 0f 4 Faculty members invited to participate in this search
  • Spring 2004 Instructor for mock class for prospective students
  • Ongoing Open House
  • Ongoing freshman Orientation

Courses Taught

ELD 375- Methods of Teaching Mathematics N-8 Supervision of Student Teachers.