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2015 Barbara Biber Convocation

Young Children's Marvelous Mathematical Minds

Featuring Herbert P. Ginsburg

Herbert P. Ginsburg, Ph.D., is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has conducted basic research on the development of mathematical thinking, with particular attention to young children, disadvantaged populations, and cultural similarities and differences.  He has drawn on cognitive developmental psychology to develop a mathematics curriculum (Big Math for Little Kids), storybooks for young children, and tests of mathematical thinking.  With colleagues, he is currently creating a model course that draws heavily on video based clinical interviews to help undergraduate and graduate students to gain insight into children’s mathematical thinking and how it can serve as the foundation for early mathematics education.  Again with colleagues, he is designing computer software, MathemAntics, and inter-active storybooks to foster young children’s mathematics learning. Dr. Ginsburg holds a B.A. from Harvard University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.