PhD (Education), 2009
Dr. Egan J Chernoff is a faculty member in Mathematics Education at the University of Saskatchewan. His research utilizes logical fallacies (e.g., the fallacy of composition, the appeal to ignorance and others) and particular models from the field of cognitive psychology (e.g., attribute substitution) to account for prospective elementary, middle, and high school math teachers' normatively incorrect, inconsistent and sometimes inexplicable responses to a variety of probabilistic tasks.
In addition to his excellent teaching and outstanding research, Egan, an ardent user of social media for mathematics education, provides a unique service to the academic community, his university, college and department, and the public at large. In fact, Egan sees participation in social media, one day, as a new form of service for university professors (whether they like it or not) – digital service.
Egan, known online as “MatthewMaddux” (which makes more sense if you say the name out loud and quickly), utilizes a variety of social media platforms (e.g., Twitter, Tumblr, Google+, Delicious, StumbleUpon, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Academia, Second Life), which act as digital repositories of his efforts to curate the mathematics education he finds via the web. So, to know what is happening in the field of mathematics and mathematics education – be it a discovery of new primes, a mathematical search for a missing airplane, or the “Math wars” – there is no need to worry about information overload: Just follow him @MatthewMaddux.