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Indian-origin professor studies parental influence on kids’ math learning

Her research explores various alternative methods through which parents support their children in mathematical development.

Dr. Sunita Verma (Image - Twitter @/FDUwhatsnew)

Indian-origin professor Sunita Verma, recently was appointed as a lecturer of Mathematics, at the Gildart Haase School of Computer Sciences and Engineering, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey.

In her introduction, Verma said her research deals with how immigrant parents from diverse backgrounds influence the Mathematical education of their children.

"My current research focuses on how Asian-Indian American parents, who come from diverse backgrounds and bring their ethnic culture, belief systems, mathematical values, and aspirations to the host country, influence the mathematics education of their children," she said.

"I am also exploring the methods and alternative resources that these parents are using to support their children’s mathematical development," she added.

On being asked what led her to FDU, she said "The small class sizes give opportunities to better connect with the students and track their progress. The school has a diverse student body and welcomes international students wholeheartedly, which has given me an opportunity to practice culturally responsive teaching and enhance my potential as an educator."

India-born Verma graduated with a bachelor's degree in Commerce, business and accounting from Calcutta University in Kolkata. Further, she pursued her masters from Montclair State University. She has worked as a mathematics faculty/instructor in several places such as BloomField college and New Jersey city University.

According to the University, she is an experienced math teacher with a track record of success in the education administration sector and is well versed in higher education, research, teaching, mathematics, and curriculum development.