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About Kien H Lim

Dr. Kien Lim is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso. He received his B.Eng. Electrical from the National University of Singapore, his M.S. Mathematics from the University of Wyoming, and his Ph.D. Mathematics and Science Education jointly from the University of California, San Diego, and San Diego State University.
His research interests are on students’ problem-solving disposition and instructional strategies to advance their ways of thinking. He is particularly interested in students’ propensity to act out the first thing that comes to mind, what he calls impulsive disposition. His research goal centers on helping students advance from impulsive disposition to analytic disposition. He and his colleagues are currently developing, testing, and refining a survey instrument to assess students’ impulsive-analytic disposition. He has been investigating instructional strategies, such as use of prediction items and classroom voting with clicker technology, to help students become aware of their impulsivity as well as to elicit and address mathematical misconceptions. He is also exploring the use of mathematical tasks to provoke students’ intellectual need for the concepts he wants his students to learn.


Present Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso

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Contact Information

Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX 79968-0514
PHONE: (915) 747-6772


Articles (14)

Book Chapter (1)

Dissertation (1)

Conference Proceedings (15)