Delinda Van Garderen

  • Interim Department Chair, Special Education
  • Professor

Areas of Expertise

  • Learner characteristics and development in mathematics
  • Interventions in mathematics to improve knowledge of number and problem solving
  • Teacher professional development in science or mathematics


Delinda van Garderen is a Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Special Education. Her research interests focus on students with learning disabilities, struggling learners, and teachers in the content areas of mathematics and science. In particular, how students and teachers use representations to solve mathematics word problems, student development and intervention in number (e.g., conservation of quantity, numerical magnitude), and use of Universal Design for Learning to plan instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners in science. She is currently completing a DR-K12 NSF grant, “QuEST: Quality Elementary Science Teaching,” designed to examine the impact of a professional development model for improving teacher content knowledge and pedagogical practices in science.