Miriam Sherin’s New Book on Teacher Noticing Wins Award

Miriam Sherin

The American Education Research Association (AERA) selected Mathematics Teacher Noticing, co-edited by SESP professor Miriam Sherin, for its Exemplary Research in Teaching and Teacher Education Award. The award will be presented to Sherin and her co-editors, Victoria Jacobs and Randolph Philipp, on April 28 at the AERA annual meeting.

“This collection of essays provides a timely, powerful and detailed examination of the work of teachers. Every day teachers confront complex challenges, which require them to respond in novel ways. How we prepare teachers to notice and make sense of these challenges, and the tools we have to do so is front and central to the fields of teaching and teacher education,” writes Etta Hollins, vice president of AERA Division K, which made the award selection.

Mathematics Teacher Noticing: Seeing Through Teachers’ Eyes is the first book to explore the research on the type of “noticing” that teachers practice as they pay attention to and make sense of the complexities of the classroom environment. The book explores conceptual, historical and practical perspectives on teacher noticing as an essential component to supporting student learning.

Mathematics Teacher Noticing

In the foreword to the book Deborah Ball, dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan, explains the importance of teacher noticing as a central practice of teaching that makes it learnable. She writes, “This book opens and unpacks this construct, tracing its foundations and scope and displaying insights garnered from studies of teacher noticing. It offers both language and frameworks for making more precise the study of teaching practice and the resources needed for its skillful enactment.”

Sherin’s research in recent years has focused on teacher noticing in mathematics teaching and learning. Her research interests include mathematics teaching and learning, teacher cognition and teacher education. Recent articles appear in Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching and Teacher Education and Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education. In 2003, Sherin received the Kappa Delta Pi/AERA Division K Award for early career achievements in research on teaching and teacher education.

Sherin also received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation and a five-year Early Career Grant from the National Science Foundation to study how video can support teachers' professional vision and learning. Earlier, Sherin received a postdoctoral fellowship from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to examine the demands that mathematics reform places on teachers' knowledge.

Jacobs is the Yopp Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Phillipp is a professor of mathematics education in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University. The publisher of the book is Routledge.

AERA's awards program is a prominent way for education researchers to recognize and honor the outstanding scholarship and service of their peers. Division K focuses on teaching and teacher education.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/5/13