## Karen C. Fuson

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Professor Emerita, Learning Sciences

## Biography

Karen Fuson is a mathematics educator and cognitive scientist whose research focuses on children’s mathematical understanding and the classroom conditions that can facilitate such understanding. Her extensive research has indentified developmental or experiential progressions in children’s understanding of various mathematical domains from PK through Grade 6. She was a member of the National Research Council (NRC) Committee that wrote *Adding It U*p and the NRC Committee that wrote *Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood: Paths Toward Excellence and Equity*. She wrote the chapter on whole numbers for the *NCTM Research Companion to the 2000 Standards* and the introductory chapter for the NRC book *How Students Learn: Mathematics in the Classroom*. Professor Fuson is the author of the K-6 math program *Math Expressions* based on research in the NRC reports and on aspects of international math programsand published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She worked on the Common Core State Standards-Math, the learning progressions for these standards, and the PARCC and Smarter Balance tests.

The titles listed under Projects are links for webcasts Karen Fuson developed to explain the CCSS-Math and show visual supports for student understanding. The examples come from my research-based Kindergarten to Grade 6 math program *Math Expressions* published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Visual supports are very important in the CCSS-Math, so these can help teachers and other educators or parents understand the CCSS-Math and how students can be learning in the classroom. You can move around within a webcast by clicking on the slide titles on the left.

## Research/Scholarship

### Education

Year |
Degree |
Institution |

1972 | PhD, Mathematics and learning; cognitive development | University of Chicago |

1967 | MAT, Mathematics | University of Chicago |

1965 | BA, Mathematics | Oberlin College |

## Selected Publications

Hufferd-Ackles, K., Fuson, K. C., & Sherin, M. G. (2015). Describing levels and components of a Math-Talk Learning Community in E. A. Silver & P. A. Kenney (Eds.),__More lessons learned from research: Volume 1: Useful and usable research related to core mathematical practices__(pp. 125-134). NCTM.

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Fuson, K. C., Murata, A., Abrahamson, D. (2014). Using learning path research to balance mathematics education: Teaching/learning for understanding and fluency in R. Cohen Kadosh & A. Dowker (Eds.),

__Oxford Handbook of Numerical Cognition__(pp. 1036-1054). Oxford University Press.

Fuson, K. C., & Li, Y. (2014). Learning paths and learning supports for conceptual addition and subtraction in the US Common Core State Standards and in the Chinese Standards in Y. Li & G. Lappan (Eds.),

__Mathematics Curriculum in School Education__(pp. 541-558). Springer.

Fuson, K. C. & Beckmann, S. (2012). Standard algorithms in the Common Core State Standards.

*National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership*: 14 (2), 14-30.

Fuson, K. C. (2009). Avoiding misinterpretations of Piaget and Vygotsky: Mathematical teaching without learning, learning without teaching, or helpful learning-path teaching?.

*Cognitive Development,*: 24, 343-361.

Fuson, K. C. (2009). Mathematics in R. A. Shweder et al. (Eds.),

__The Child: An encyclopedic companion__(pp. 596-7). University of Chicago Press.

Fuson, K. C. & Murata, A. (2007). Integrating NRC principles and the NCTM Process Standards to form a Class Learning Path Model that individualizes within whole-class activities.

*National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership, 10 (1*: 10 (1), 72-91.

Fuson, K. C., Kalchman, M., & Bransford, J. D. (2005). Mathematical understanding: An introduction in M. S. Donovan and J. D. Bransford (Eds.),

__How students learn: History, math, and science in the classroom__(pp. 217-256). National Academy Press.

Fuson, K. C. (2003). Developing mathematical power in whole number operations in J. Kilpatrick, W. G. Martin, & D. Schifter (Eds.),

__A research companion to principles and standards for school mathematics__(pp. 68-94). National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Fuson, K. C. (1992). Research on whole number addition and subtraction in Grouws, D. (Ed.),

__Handbook of Research on Mathematics Teaching and Learning__(pp. 243-275). New York: Macmillan & Co.

Fuson, K. C. (1990). Conceptual structures for multiunit numbers: Implications for learning and teaching multidigit addition, subtraction, and place value.

*Cognition and Instruction*: 7, 343-403.

Fuson, K. C., & Willis, G. B. (1989). Second graders' use of schematic drawings in solving addition and subtraction word problems.

*Journal of Educational Psychology*: 81, 514-520.

Fuson, K. C. (1988).

*Children's Counting and Concepts of Number*. New York: Springer-Verlag.

## Projects

Math Talk Community Part 1Math Talk Community Part II

Number and Operations in Base Ten (NBT) in the CCSS and MX Part 1: Overview

Number and Operations in Base Ten (NBT) in the CCSS and MX Part 2: Place Value and Multidigit Addition and Subtraction in K t

Number and Operations in Base Ten (NBT) in the CCSS and MX Part 3: Place Value and Multidigit Multiplication and Division in

Number and Operations in Base Ten (NBT) in the CCSS and MX Part 4: Place Value and Decimal Operations in G4 to G6

Number Fractions (NF) in the CCSS and MX

Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA) in the CCSS and MX Part 1: Problem Situations and Problem Solving

Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA) in the CCSS and MX Part 2: The K, 1, 2 Learning Paths for OA Addition and Subtraction

Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA) in the CCSS and MX Part 3: The Grade 3 Learning Path for OA Multiplication and Divisi

Operations and Algebraic Thinking (OA) in the CCSS and MX Part 4: Properties and Advanced Problem Solving

Overview of the CCSS and MX Part 1

Overview of the CCSS and MX Part 2

Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP) in the CCSS and MX Part 1: Unit 1

Ratios and Proportional Relationships (RP) in the CCSS and MX Part 2: Unit 7

## Research Interests

Mathematics teaching and learning; cognitive development; design of teaching/learning activities.Last Updated: 2015-10-23 11:44:40