Miriam Sherin and Co-Authors Receive Publication Award

Miriam Sherin and Co-Authors Receive Publication Award

Miriam Sherin

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics awarded professor Miriam Sherin and her co-authors an award for their article “Connecting Research to Teaching: Lenses for Examining Students’ Mathematical Thinking.”

Sherin’s co-authors and fellow awardees are Katherine Linsenmeier (MS05), Janet Walkoe (PhD13) and Martha Mulligan.

The Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award recognizes articles published in National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) journals that do an outstanding job of connecting research to teaching. The award will be presented at the NCTM conference in San Francisco on April 13, 2016.

Katherine Linsenmeier

Linsenmeier, a Learning Sciences graduate who teaches mathematics at New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois, has conducted research with Sherin over the past decade, returning to Northwestern each summer. Walkoe, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland, is a graduate of the Learning Sciences PhD program. Mulligan, a math teacher at Northside College Prep High School in Chicago Public Schools, was the SESP teacher in residence during the 2009-10 academic year and is currently an instructor in the SESP Master of Science in Education program.

Their article was published in the September 2014 issue of Mathematics Teacher, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The focus of the article is on strategies that classroom teachers can use to make sense of their students’ mathematical thinking.

Janet Walkoe

At SESP, Sherin and her research team study ways to improve “teacher noticing” of how students think about mathematics, especially through the use of video.

“In 2004, the NCTM Board of Directors identified Linking Research and Practice as a strategic priority of the Council and has undertaken several initiatives to support the field in making connections between research and practice,” says Kathryn Chval, chair of the NCTM Research Committee.

The award brings attention to outstanding articles that bring together the research and practice communities and are written for an educator audience, according to NCTM.

Martha Mulligan

Sherin is associate dean for teacher education and professor of learning sciences in Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. She also serves as director of undergraduate education at the school. Her research centers on mathematics teaching and learning, teacher cognition and the role of video in teacher learning.

Sherin’s recent book, Mathematics Teacher Noticing, received an American Education Research Association award for excellence in research in teaching and teacher education.

Photos (from top): SESP professor Miriam Sherin, New Trier High School teacher Katherine Linsenmeier (MS05), University of Maryland assistant professor Janet Walkoe (PhD13) and Northside College Prep teacher Martha Mulligan.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 11/2/15