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Kenneth Travers

Key Professional Appointments

  • Professor Emeritus, Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Research & Service

My past research projects have included international studies of school mathematics achievement, including the U. S. National Director of Second International Mathematics Study, 1980-87.

My current research is a Partnership Illinois grant to develop network-based curriculum modules in high school mathematics.

My future goals include developing a framework for quality indicators for the first two years of undergraduate mathematics.


Travers, K. J., & Weinzweig, A. I. (2012). The second international mathematics study. In International Comparisons in Mathematics Education (pp. 19-29). Taylor and Francis.  link >

Travers, K. J. (2004). The Perils and Promises of International Surveys of School Achievement: A Response to Howard Russell’s “Connections among Factors in Education”. Curriculum Inquiry, 34(3), 315-317.  link >

Wilkins, J. L. M., Zembylas, M., & Travers, K. J. (2002). Investigating Correlates of Mathematics and Science Literacy in the Final Year of Secondary School. In D. F. Robitaille, & A. E. Beaton (Eds.), Secondary Analysis of the TIMSS Data (pp. 291-316). Kluwer Academic Publishers.  link >

Stout, W., Marden, J., & Travers, K. (2000). Statistics: Making Sense of Data. (3 ed.) Möbius Communications.

Travers, K. J. (1988). Opportunity to Learn Mathematics in Eighth-Grade Classrooms in the United States: Some Findings from the Second International Mathematics Study. In R. R. Cocking, & J. P. Mestre (Eds.), Linguistic and Cultural Influences on Learning Mathematics (pp. 187-200). (The Psychology of Education and Instruction). Taylor and Francis.  link >

Travers, K., & Westbury, I. (Eds.) (1988). The IEA Study of Mathematics I: Analysis of Mathematics Curricula. Pergamon Press.

McKnight, C. C., Travers, K., Crosswhite, F. J., & Swafford, J. O. (1985). Eighth-Grade Mathematics in U. S. Schools: A Report from the Second International Mathematics Study. The Arithmetic Teacher, 32(8), 20-26.

McKnight, C. C., Travers, K., & Dossey, J. A. (1985). Twelfth-Grade Mathematics in U.S. High Schools: A Report from the Second International Mathematics Study. The Mathematics Teacher, 78(4), 292-300, 270.

Travers, K. J., McKnight, C. C., & Dossey, J. A. (1985). Mathematics Achievement in U.S. High Schools from an International Perspective. NASSP Bulletin, 69(484), 55-63.  link >

Travers, K., & McKnight, C. C. (1985). Mathematics Achievement in U.S. Schools: Preliminary Findings from the Second IEA Mathematics Study. Phi Delta Kappan, 66(6), 407-413.

Purves, A. C., & Travers, K. (1982). International Evaluation and American Curriculum. Educational Leadership, 39(6), 440-446.

Travers, K., & Gray, K. G. (1981). The Monte Carlo Method: A Fresh Approach to Teaching Probabilistic Concepts. The Mathematics Teacher, 74(5), 327+334.

Travers, K. J. (1979). The Second International Mathematics Study : Purposes and Design. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 11(3), 203-210.  link >

Atkinson, D. T., Shevokas, C., Novak, W., & Travers, K. (1977). Probability and Statistics. Stipes Publishing.

Travers, K. J. (1977). A Computer Activity for Building a Linear Model of Data. School Science and Mathematics, 77(8), 653-658.  link >

Travers, K. (1977). On Generating a Bivariate Distribution Having Any Desired Correlation. The Mathematics Teacher, 70(3), 265-269.

Travers, K. J. (1977). Review: J.C. Stanley, D.P. Keating, and L.H. Fox's (eds.) Mathematical Talent: Discovery, Description and Development. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 8(2), 148-151.  link >

Travers, K. J. (1977). The Second International Survey of Mathematics Achievement: A Case for U.S. Participation. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 8(1), 77-80.  link >

Pikaart, L., & Travers, K. (1973). Teaching elementary school mathematics: A simplified model. The Arithmetic Teacher, 20(5), 332-342.

Travers, K. (1971). Cooperation for Better Mathematics Teacher Education. The Mathematics Teacher, 64(4), 373-379.

Travers, K. J. (1971). Mathematics Education and the Computer Revolution. School Science and Mathematics, 71(1), 24-34.  link >

Travers, K., & Knaupp, J. E. (1971). The computer revolution needs YOU! The Arithmetic Teacher, 18(1), 11-17.

Nievergelt, J., & Travers, K. J. (1970). Computer education for secondary school mathematics teachers. ACM SIGCSE Bulletin, 2(3), 75-83.  link >

Travers, K. J. (1970). Computer education for secondary school mathematics teachers. In E. A. Feustel, & P. Calingaert (Eds.), SIGCSE '70: Proceedings of the first SIGCSE technical symposium on Education in computer science (pp. 75-83). Association for Computing Machinery.  link >

Travers, K. (1968). Through clouds of failure into orbit. The Arithmetic Teacher, 15(7), 591-598.

Travers, K. J. (1967). A Test of Pupil Preference for Problem-Solving Situations in Junior High School Mathematics. Journal of Experimental Education, 35(4), 9-18.  link >

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