Cal State L.A.

Paula Arvedson


Paula Arvedson

Division of Curriculum and Instruction

Office: KH A2032
Phone: 323-343-4358
Fax: 323-343-5358


All my degrees (BA, MA, PhD) were completed through Cal State LA. Both bachelor's and master's degrees were in Child Development, graduating Summa Cum Laude and Magna Cum Laude. I also earned a minor+ in mathematics. I continued my interest in math, combined with child development, through CSLA's joint doctoral program (with UCLA) in Special Education. My research examined the effects Specific Language Impairment might have on preschool children's math development. My life partner of over 40 years, Peter, taught high school chemistry for 37 years and retired in 2009. Our sons, Kristofer and Paul, completed their college training: Kristofer graduated from CSLA with a B.S. in geology and Paul completed his degree in Restaurant Management (with certification as a chef) in Eugene, Oregon. Kristofer completed pilot training and flew for American Airlines and Express Jet until the economy fell apart; he is now in Army Aviation. I enjoy music, science fiction, genealogy, and gardening. I am very proud to be associated with the awesome students at CSLA. I have taught at other campuses, and our students are the hardest working, most dedicated of any I have encountered. Teaching here is fun.



In 2011, I was extremely honored to be awarded a Fulbright Scholar position, teaching at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, for the full year of 2012. I taught mathematics pedagogy and early childhood mathematics pedagogy while also studying preservice teachers in their field assignments. At CSULA, Charter College of Education, I teach courses in pedagogy (mathematics and social studies in elementary school), urban learning (critical thinking is my favorite), and early childhood (mathematics and play). As the Coordinator for the Satellites & Education Conference (, it is a great delight to bring together government resources (NASA and NOAA) and aerospace industry resources (many large and small companies) for the benefit of K-18 teachers and their students. Presentations and keynote speakers are specifically focused on helping teachers make learning exciting while using inquiry and helping students recognize their potential careers in the space-based industry. A special component of this conference is the MY SPACE Team (Multinational Youth Studying Practical Applications for Climatic Events), the group of high school students who come to the conference with their teachers and, when not presenting, work on a global issue together and present a report at the last session. This is a dynamic group currently representing England, China, South Africa, and several States (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington, and California).



My research focuses on several areas: mathematics development in children with language delays and typically developing children, effectiveness of cohorts in university teacher training, computer use in early childhood education, strategies for teaching social studies in elementary school and comparing teacher preparation in South Africa with the teacher preparation requirements in California.



Title Date
Language and Math in Early Childhood Education: Implications for Math Instruction for Children with Specific Language Impairment. International Journal of Early Childhood Education. 2013
Using movement to teach geometry. Learning & Teaching Mathematics: A Journal of AMESA, 13, 26-27. 2012
Teaching with models: examples from the teaching of fractions. The Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa Regional Conference, May 5, 2012. 2012
Teaching Geometry with Movement in Primary and Secondary Schools. The Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa Regional Conference, May 5, 2012. 2012
Teaching Elementary Social Studies and Classroom Management. San Francisco: Pearson. 2010



PhD Educational Psychology March 1999

MA Child Development June 1984

BA Child Development June 1982

Minor in Mathematics Mathematics March 1984


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