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Helping Students Become Powerful Mathematics Thinkers
Case Studies of Teaching for Robust Understanding

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ISBN 9781032441689
June 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
376 Pages 27 Color & 67 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book supports teacher educators, teachers, coaches, administrators, math-ed faculty, and researchers in understanding and using the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) Framework to improve instruction. Detailed case studies take readers on deep dives into five essential dimensions of classroom practice: The Mathematics, Cognitive Demand, Equitable Access, Agency, Ownership, and Identity, and Formative Assessment.

Three case studies form the core of the book. Each case uses the TRU framework to pose conversational questions to the reader on different aspects of the lessons, focusing on the ways that students are led to engage with mathematics and how they make sense of it. These include “What’s important in this classroom episode?,” “What might students be experiencing?,” or “What might the impact of alternative teaching decisions have been in this situation?”. The book concludes with guides for planning, observation, and reflection that readers can use in their own work, continuing the journey toward the ambitious and equitable instruction that each case study describes.

This book will support all mathematics educators in developing deeper understandings of mathematics classrooms and in problematizing their own mathematics instruction. By exploring the challenges students face, the decisions teachers make, and the ways that students learn, readers will experience TRU as a powerful way of thinking about instruction – one that can shape lesson planning and reflection and make teaching more impactful and equitable.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The big Ideas in Teaching and Learning  1. An introduction to the TRU Framework  Part 2: Reflecting on images of practice (The case studies)  2. Case Study A, “The Car Value Problem”  3. Case Study B, “Where is the Ten?”  4. Case Study C, “Graphing Quadratic Functions”  Part 3: Conclusions and Next Steps  5. Looking back and looking forward: TRU in the case studies, TRU in our Classrooms  6. Resources and tools for moving forward  References                                                                                                                                   


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Alan Schoenfeld is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Heather Fink is a postdoctoral researcher at Portland State University, USA.

Sandra Zuñiga-Ruiz is an Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at San José State University, USA.

Siqi Huang is a PhD student in the Graduate Group of Science and Mathematics Education (SESAME program) at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. 

Xinyu Wei is a Master’s student studying Learning Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Brantina Chirinda is a Mathematics and Mathematics Education lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa