Alan Schoenfeld

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Alan Schoenfeld is the Elizabeth and Edward Conner Professor of Education and Affiliated Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and a Laureate of the education honor society Kappa Delta Pi; he has served as President of AERA and vice President of the National Academy of Education. He holds the International Commission on Mathematics Instruction’s Klein Medal, the highest international distinction in mathematics education; AERA’s Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education award, AERA’s highest honor; and the Mathematical Association of America’s Mary P. Dolciani award, given to a pure or applied mathematician for distinguished contributions to the mathematical education of K-16 students. Schoenfeld received his BA from Queens College and his MS and PhD from Stanford University. His interests are in teaching and learning, with an emphasis on mathematics; the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) framework characterizes the dimensions of classrooms that promote deep and powerful learning. Books he has written include Mathematical Problem Solving and How We Think: A Theory of Goal-Oriented Decision Making and its Educational Applications, which explains and models people’s in-the-moment decision making.

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