Teachers College, Columbia University

Herbert P.  Ginsburg

Herbert P. Ginsburg holds the Jacob H. Schiff Chair at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is Professor of Psychology and Education. For the past 30 years he has conducted research on cognitive development, particularly the development of children’s mathematical thinking, both within the U. S. and in various cultures around the world.

He has used the knowledge gained from research to develop several kinds of educational applications. He has created video workshops to enhance teachers’ understanding of their children’s learning of mathematics. He has contributed to the Silver Burdett & Ginn mathematics textbook series. He has developed tests of mathematical thinking and has explored how the “clinical interview” method for assessing children’s mathematical knowledge can be used by teachers in their classrooms.

Currently, he is engaged in research on young children’s mathematical competence, and is developing a new mathematics curriculum for 4- and 5-year-old children.