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Alexander P. Karp

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., M.A. in Mathematics and Education, Leningrad State Pedagogical University
M.A. in History and Education, St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University
Ph.D. in Mathematics and Education, St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University

Languages: Russian, English, German, Latin

Scholarly Interests

Gifted education
Problem Solving
History of Mathematics Education

Selected Publications

Karp, A. (2013). From the local to the international in mathematics education. In M. A. Clements, A. Bishop, C. Keitel, J. Kilpatrick, & F. Leung (Eds.), Third international handbook of mathematics education, 797-826. New York: Springer.

Karp, A. (2012). Soviet mathematics education between 1918 and 1931: a time of radical reforms. ZDM/International Mathematics Education.

Karp, A. (2011). Toward a history of teaching the mathematically gifted: Three possible directions for research. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 11(1), 8-18.

Karp, A., & Vogeli, B., (Eds.), (2010, 2011). Russian mathematics education: History and world significance (vol. 4).  Programs and practices, (vol. 5). London-New Jersey-Singapore: World Scientific.

Karp, A. (2010). Analyzing and attempting to overcome prospective teachers’ difficulties during problem-solving instruction. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 13(2), 121-139.

selected publication

Karp, A. (2013). From the local to the international in mathematics education. In M. A. Clements, A. Bishop, C. Keitel, J. Kilpatrick, & F. Leung (Eds.), Third international handbook of mathematics education, 797-826. New York: Springer.

Karp, A. (2012). Andrey Kiselev: the Life and the Legend.  Educ. Matem. Pesq., São Paulo, v.14, n.3, pp. 398-410

Karp, A. (2012). Soviet mathematics education between 1918 and 1931: a time of radical reforms. ZDM/International Mathematics Education.

Karp, A. (2011). Toward a history of teaching the mathematically gifted: Three possible directions for research. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 11(1), 8-18.

Karp, A., & Vogeli, B., (Eds.), (2011). Russian mathematics education: Programs and practices, (Vol. 5). London-New Jersey-Singapore: World Scientific.

Karp, A., & Vogeli, B. (Eds.). (2010). Russian mathematics education: History and world significance, (Vol. 4). London-New Jersey-Singapore: World Scientific.

Karp, A. (2010). Teachers of the mathematically gifted tell about themselves and their profession. Roeper Review, 32(4), 272-280.

Karp, A. (2010). Analyzing and attempting to overcome prospective teachers’ difficulties during problem-solving instruction. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 13(2), 121-139.

Karp, A., & Lee, J. H. (2010).  Contents or ideology? A case study of mathematical teaching in North Korea.  Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 30 (1), 1-13.

Karp, A. (2009). Back to the future: The conservative reform of mathematics education in the Soviet Union during the 1930s-1940s. International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education, 4 (1), 65-80.

Karp, A.  (2009). Teaching the mathematically gifted: An attempt at a historical analysis. In R.Leikin, A. Berman, & B. Koichu (Eds.), Creativity in mathematics and the education of gifted students (pp. 11-30).  Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Karp, A.  (2008). Which problems do teachers consider beautiful? A comparative study. For the Learning of Mathematics, 28(1), 36-43.

Karp, A. (2007). “Once more about the quadratic trinomial...”: On the formation of methodological skills.  Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 10(4-6), 405-414.

Karp, A.  (2007). ‘We all meandered through our schooling...’: Notes on Russian mathematics education during the first third of the nineteenth century. British Society for the History of Mathematics Bulletin, (Vol. 22), 104-119.

Karp, A.. (2007). Knowledge as a manifestation of talent: Creating opportunities for the gifted.  Mediterranean Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 6(1-2), 77-90.

Karp, A.. (2007). Exams in algebra in Russia: Toward a history of high-stakes testing. International Journal for the History of Mathematics Education, 2(1), 39-57.

Karp, A.. (2007). The Cold War in the Soviet school: A case study of mathematics. European Education, 38(4).

Karp, A. (2006). “Universal responsiveness” or “splendid isolation”? Episodes from the history of mathematics education in Russia. Paedagogica Historica, 42(4-5), 615-628.

Karp, A. (2006). And now put aside your pens and calculators...:  On mental problem solving in the high school mathematics lesson. Focus on Learning Problems in Mathematics, 28(1), 23-36.

Karp, A. (2004). Examining the interactions between mathematical content and pedagogical form: Notes on the structure of the lesson. For the Learning of Mathematics, 24(1), 40-47.

Karp, A. (2003). Thirty years after: The lives of former winners of mathematical olympiads.  Roeper Review, 25(2), 83-87.

Karp, A. (2002). Math problems in blocks: How to write them and why.  PRIMUS, 12(4), 289-304.

honors and awards

  • Golden medal for academic excellence, 1976
  • Federal Medal for Outstanding Teaching, 1989
  • Winner of the St. Petersburg Textbook Competition, 1993
  • Soros Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, 1994
  • Soros Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, 1995
  • Soros Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, 1998
  • Soros Foundation Outstanding Teacher Award, 2001
  • Winner of the Russian National Textbook Competition, 1999
  • Winner of the Russian National Textbook Competition, 2000
  • Winner of the Russian National Textbook Competition, 2001
  • Winner of the Russian National Textbook Competition, 2002


principal publications

MSTM 4005: Teaching mathematics in diverse cultures

Principles, techniques, and issues in the teaching of mathematics in other cultural and national settings. Study tour of schools and institutions in various nations.

MSTM 4020: Mathematics teaching and learning II

Historical/comparative study of mathematical education programs in the United States and abroad. Current research in mathematics education.

MSTM 4023: Mathematics for exceptional students

Content, methods, and instructional models for teaching exceptional students, including LED, LD, and MT students.

MSTM 4034: Exploring secondary school mathematics

For students who are preparing to teach in secondary school. The mathematical content of advanced secondary school mathematics and the development and application of fundamental ideas in mathematics.

MSTM 4038: Finite mathematics

Statements, propositions, and sets; vectors and matrices; probability. Applications: finite Markov chains, game theory.

MSTM 5032: Topics in geometry/ topology

Foundation of geometry/topology. Emphasis upon the relationship between topology and geometry and other mathematical areas.

MSTM 5037: History of mathematics

Historical development of major ideas in mathematics. Contributions of noteworthy mathematicians. Analysis of mathematical classics.

MSTM 6032: Advanced topics in geometry/topology

Foundation of geometry/topology. Emphasis upon the relationship between topology and geometry and other mathematical areas.

MSTM 6500: Research seminar in mathematics education

Permission required. Research oriented seminars dealing with a variety of issues and leading to preparation of preliminary proposals for the doctoral dissertation. Required for doctoral students.

MSTM 6501: Research seminar in mathematics education

Permission required. Research oriented seminars dealing with a variety of issues and leading to preparation of preliminary proposals for the doctoral dissertation. Required for doctoral students.

Centers and Projects

Harlem Schools Partnership
Website: http://www.tc.edu/hsp

The Harlem Schools Partnership (HSP) for STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a collaborative effort of Teachers College (TC), and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) at Columbia University in association with the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) and with support from the General Electric Foundation.

The mission of the HSP is to improve STEM education by helping schools create rich environments for STEM teaching and learning.  We accomplish this through professional development that strengthens curriculum, increases teacher knowledge of STEM content and teaching practices, diversifies assessment of student learning, and ensures that English Language Learners are successful in STEM.  The intended outcome is that HSP schools will be models of excellence for STEM teaching and learning, and that participating teachers will become leaders and mentors for others at their schools and in the Department of Education.