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Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Journal of Mathematics Education at Teachers College, 2013

On October 14, 2013 the Mathematics Education Department at Teachers College hosted a full-day conference focused on the Common Core Standards Mathematical Modeling requirements to be implemented in September 2014 and in honor of Professor Henry Pollak's 25 years of service to the school. This article is adapted from my talk at this conference…

Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Common Core State Standards, Mathematical Models, Teaching Methods

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2018

This paper provides an overview of the teaching for robust understanding (TRU) Framework, its origins, and its evolving use. The core assertion underlying the TRU Framework is that there are five dimensions of activities along which a classroom must do well, if students are to emerge from that classroom being knowledgeable and resourceful…

Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Comprehension, Mathematics Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness

Schoenfeld, Alan H.; Thomas, Mike; Barton, Bill – International Journal of STEM Education, 2016

Background: This paper reports on a professional development workshop in University level mathematics. The workshop was grounded in Schoenfeld's (How we think. A theory of goal-oriented decision-making and its educational applications, 2010) theoretical approach, emphasizing the roles of "R"esources (primarily, knowledge),…

Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, College Mathematics, Mathematics Instruction, Faculty Development

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2017

The challenge of "educational" assessments--assessments that advance the purposes of learning and instruction--is to provide useful information regarding students' progress towards the goals of instruction in ways that are reliable and not idiosyncratic. In this commentary, the author indicates that the challenges are actually more…

Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Learning, Student Evaluation, Psychometrics

Schoenfeld, Alan H.; Lewis, Katherine E. – Journal of Education, 2016

Viewed one way, Alan Schoenfeld's main lines of research and Katherine E. Lewis's dissertation have almost nothing in common. Schoenfeld work has focused on understanding mathematical thinking and teaching, while Lewis' work has focused on mathematical learning disabilities. Viewed another way, there are strong overlaps and strong parallels. In…

Descriptors: Researchers, Self Concept, Scholarship, Professional Identity

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 2017

This article characterizes my use of video as a tool for research, design and development. I argue that videos, while a potentially overwhelming source of data, provide the kind of large bandwidth that enables one to capture phenomena that one might otherwise miss; and that although the act of taping is in itself an act of selection, there is…

Descriptors: Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Instruction

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Educational Researcher, 2006

An early version of this article, discussing curricular interventions in mathematics, was written for the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). The Institute of Education Sciences (IES), which funds WWC, instructed WWC not to publish it. An expanded version, written at WWC's invitation for a special issue of an independent electronic journal and a book…

Descriptors: Mathematics Curriculum, Clearinghouses, Research Reports, Scientific Research

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Kappa Delta Pi Record, 2009

In this article, the author shares his thoughts about who he is as a teacher and what his goals as a teacher turn out to be. The author describes his role as researcher, teacher, and educator. He begins with his take on mathematics teaching and learning, because the question of which mathematics educators teach and how they teach it is really…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Educators, Teacher Attitudes

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 2018

In this Research Commentary, the author explores what is meant by "teaching for understanding" and delves into these questions: How does teaching for understanding interact with the backgrounds of the students who experience it or the attributes of the contexts in which they learn? Which empirical findings are context dependent, and…

Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Concepts, Concept Formation, Comprehension

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – 2002

In the United States, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans have lower success rates and higher drop-out rates in mathematics than other racial or ethnic groups. Given that quantitative competency serves increasingly as a vehicle for economic enfranchisement, these differential success rates make mathematics achievement a civil rights…

Descriptors: Algebra, Communication (Thought Transfer), Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 2007

The authors of this volume's stimulus papers have taken on the challenge of developing measures of teachers' mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT). This task involves multiple decisions and considerations, including: (1) How does one specify the body of knowledge being assessed? What warrants are offered for those choices?; (2) How does one…

Descriptors: Test Validity, Psychometrics, Test Construction, Evaluation Research

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 2015

This essay reflects on the challenges of thinking about scale--of making sense of phenomena such as continuous professional development (CPD) at the system level, while holding on to detail at the finer grain size(s) of implementation. The stimuli for my reflections are three diverse studies of attempts at scale--an attempt to use ideas related to…

Descriptors: Mathematical Concepts, Measurement Techniques, Professional Continuing Education, Cross Cultural Studies

Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2010

Teachers try to help their students learn. But why do they make the particular teaching choices they do? What resources do they draw upon? What accounts for the success or failure of their efforts? In "How We Think", esteemed scholar and mathematician, Alan H. Schoenfeld, proposes a groundbreaking theory and model for how we think and act in the…

Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Thinking Skills, Mathematics Instruction, Mathematics Education

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Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 1994

Discusses the historical context of mathematics education research methodologies, describes methodological trends through the "Journal for Research in Mathematics Education" focusing on the domain of teacher knowledge and practice, and considers theoretical and methodological issues of the present and future. (25 references) (MKR)

Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Mathematics Education, Qualitative Research

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Schoenfeld, Alan H. – Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 1989

Explores the relationship between high school students' beliefs about mathematics and their mathematical performance. Reports: (1) the students' attributions of success or failure; (2) perceptions of mathematics; (3) comparative views of school mathematics, English and social studies; (4) motivation; and (5) personal performance. A questionnaire…

Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Beliefs, Geometry, Mathematical Logic