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Paul Goldenberg


  • Teacher: Mathematics, Researcher 


Dr. Goldenberg has over forty years of experience in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary teaching, teacher education, teacher enhancement, and education research and has, throughout, focused heavily on developing students' and teachers' mathematical curiosity along with their ideas, skills, and understanding. He is widely published and has conducted workshops and seminars on a variety of topics in mathematics education, often focusing on the beautiful surprises that mathematics holds, and the creative element of problem-posing in deep mathematics. He holds the rank of Distinguished Scholar at Education Development Center (EDC), and has been PI on many NSF-funded materials development projects including: Think Math!, a comprehensive K-5 mathematics program that supports teachers' professional development while they teach by building their interest in and curiosity about mathematics; materials for secondary teacher professional development; a Web-accessible, searchable resource of problem sets "with a point" for secondary level mathematics; and an innovative high-school geometry curriculum now incorporated into the (Pearson) "CMEP Mathematics" series. He has also directed research on learning with technologies including geometry software, graphing software, and programming; research on college students' learning of linear algebra; and research on the principles for developing curriculum materials (for students) that promote the professional development of teachers. He has studied mathematics, psychology, and education at Brandeis and Harvard, and has spent nearly two decades in classroom teaching-from his own second grade self-contained classroom through high school and university. 


Curriculum design in mathematics, K-12; mathematics teaching 


Goldenberg, E. Paul and John Mason, "Shedding light on and with example spaces." In press. ESM special issue.
-- Scher, D., and N. Feurzeig. "What lies behind dynamic interactive geometry software?" in Heid, M. K., & G. Blume, eds. Research on Technology and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: Volume 2, Cases and Perspectives. Reston, VA: NCTM. 2008.
-- and N. Shteingold "The case of Think Math!" In Hirsch, Christian, ed., Perspectives on the Design and Development of School Mathematics Curricula. Reston, VA: NCTM. 2007.
--, & N. Shteingold. "Early Algebra: The MW Perspective." In Blanton and Kaput, eds. Algebra in the Early Grades. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum. 2007.
--. "The confirmation of a reluctant constructivist." In Rosamond, Francis A. and Larry Copes, eds. Educational Transformations: Changing our lives through mathematics; A tribute to Stephen Ira Brown. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse. 2006.
Arshavsky, N., and --. "Perceptions of a Quadrilateral in a Dynamic Environment." In Medium and Meaning: Video Papers in Mathematics Education Research, JRME Monograph No. 13. Reston, VA: NCTM. 2005.
--, & N. Shteingold. "Mathematical Habits of Mind." In Lester, F., et al., eds. Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving: PreKindergarten-Grade 6. Reston, VA: NCTM. 2003.
--, & Marion Walter. "Problem posing as a tool for teaching mathematics." In Schoen, A., et al., eds. Teaching Mathematics Through Problem Solving: Grades 6-12. Reston, VA: NCTM. 2003.
-- "Algebra and Computer Algebra." In Fey, J. T., Cuoco, A., Kieran, C., McMullin, L., and R. M. Zbiek, eds. Computer Algebra Systems in Secondary School Mathematics. Reston, VA: NCTM. 2003.