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Jo Boaler

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Jo Boaler


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Assistant: Jessica Method


Mathematics teaching and learning - in particular, how different teaching approaches impact students' learning, how to teach mathematics for a “growth mindset”, and how equity is promoted in mathematics classrooms. The role of groupwork and mathematical discussions in the development of understanding. The ways teachers may be supported in moving towards equitable and effective teaching environments. The importance of data science and ways to integrate data science into all subjects in school.

Other Titles

Professor, Graduate School of Education
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Member, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute

Program Affiliations

CTE: Mathematics Education
CTE: Teacher Education
Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)
Stanford Accelerator for Learning

Research Interests

Brain and Learning Sciences | Collaborative Learning | Data Sciences | Diversity and Identity | Educational Policy | Equity in Education | Gender Issues | Math Education | Motivation | Parents and Family Issues | Professional Development | School Reform | Teachers and Teaching | Technology and Education

See a full list of GSE Faculty research interests >

Recent Publications

Boaler, J., Brown, K., LaMar, T., Leshin, M., & Selbach-Allen, M. (2022). Infusing Mindset through Mathematical Problem Solving and Collaboration: Studying the Impact of a Short College Intervention. EDUCATION SCIENCES, 12(10).

Boaler, J. (2022). Thinking Better: The Art of the Shortcut in Math and Life by Marcus du Sautoy. MATHEMATICAL INTELLIGENCER.

Boaler, J., Dieckmann, J. A., LaMar, T., Leshin, M., Selbach-Allen, M., & Perez-Nunez, G. (2021). The Transformative Impact of a Mathematical Mindset Experience Taught at Scale. FRONTIERS IN EDUCATION, 6.

Jo Boaler in the News & Media

The New Yorker
An appraisal of math instruction over the past century cites research by Professor Jo Boaler into the effects of detracking classes.
November 15, 2022
Professor Jo Boaler pushes to update mathematics education for a data-driven world.
November 11, 2020
Professor Jo Boaler talks about how students develop a fear of math and offers ways to improve their attitude toward the subject.
September 8, 2020
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March 3, 2020
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