Ralph Putnam

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Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education (CEPSE) & the Program in Mathematics Education (PRIME)

Director of PRIME and Mathematics Education Graduate Program

Office in CEPSE, 511 Erickson, (517) 353-9285

Office in PRIME, 210 North Kedzie, (517) 884-3475


Ralph Putnam is an associate professor of educational psychology. He is also the Graduate Director of the Mathematics Education doctoral program, and Director of PRIME. His research focuses on the cognitively oriented study of classroom teaching and learning and role of technology in learning. His recent research has examined the teaching and learning of mathematics in elementary school classrooms, especially the knowledge and beliefs of teachers as they teach mathematics for understanding and the different ways that students learn about mathematics from various kinds of instruction.