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Herbert P. Ginsburg

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., Harvard University
M.S., Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Scholarly Interests

Intellectual development
Mathematics education
Testing and assessment

Selected Publications

Ginsburg, H.P., Jacobs, S.F., & Lopez, L.S. (1998).  The teacher's guide to flexible interviewing in the classroom: Learning what children know about math.  Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Ginsburg, H.P. (1997).  Entering the child's mind:  The clinical interview in psychological research and practice.  NY:  Cambridge University Press.

Ginsburg, H.P. (1989).  Children's Arithmetic. (2nd Ed.)  Austin, TX:  Pro-Ed.

Ginsburg, H.P. & Opper, S. (1988).  Piaget's Theory of Intellectual Development. (3rd Ed.) Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice-Hall.




HUDK 4027: Development of mathematical thinking

The development of informal and formal mathematical thinking from infancy through childhood with implications for education.

HUDK 4030: Cognitive clinical interview

Introduction to the cognitive clinical interview and exploration of how it has and can be used in psychological and educational research and assessment.

HUDK 5324: Research work practicum

Students learn research skills by participating actively in an ongoing faculty research project.

HUDK 7501: Dissertation seminar

Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.

Centers and Projects

Big Math for Little Kids

Big Math for Little Kids is co-authored by Herbert Ginsburg of Teachers College Columbia Univerisity with Carole Greenes at Boston University and Robert Balfanz at Johns Hopkins University.  It is  a comprehensive and challenging mathematics curriculum developed for pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten children.  

The program is based on research findings indicating that young children are ready to learn math, capable of learning math, and enjoy learning math.  Founded on these principles, Big Math for Little Kids aims to provide young children with an enjoyable, meaningful, and rich mathematical experience that lays the groundwork for academic success.

From 2004-2007, a three-year research project to evaluate the fidelity with which teachers teach the curriculum, to examine the quality of their teaching, and to determine the program's effectiveness in promoting student mathematics achievement.  Since then, we have been developing professional development workshops In conjunction with this research to support teachers of Big Math for Little Kids.

To read more about the project, please visit Big Math for Little Kids 


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Herbert P. Ginsburg appeared in the following articles:

Frank Moretti, Technology Leader and Philosopher, Has Passed Away (7/16/2013)

How Smart Can We Get? (6/26/2013)

Advancing TC's Legacy for Generations to Come (10/25/2012)

What Could Education Look Like in Five Years? (9/19/2012)

Connecting Teaching to Research (8/6/2012)

At TC, psychologist Herbert Ginsburg has been working to empower a new generation of teachers with a different outlook. (6/18/2012)

Empirically Speaking (5/1/2012)

How Old Are You Now? (5/1/2012)

Research in Practice: Finding Answers in the Classroom (4/13/2012)

The Thinking Profession (4/13/2012)

The Mathemagician (11/17/2011)

Columbia and TC Cited for Fulbright Excellence (11/8/2011)

Ginsburg Campaign Story (10/4/2011)

Brooks-Gunn, Ginsburg Elected To National Academy of Education (5/11/2011)

Numbers Games (5/11/2011)

Seeing only the plusses (5/11/2011)

When Less is More (3/22/2011)

Game On! (2/7/2011)

MathemAntics: a database of strategies for teachers (1/31/2011)

Faculty Named AERA Fellows (5/19/2010)

Teacher, Observed and Observing (5/19/2010)

TC at AERA (5/10/2010)

Putting the "Academic" in Academic Festival (5/4/2010)

TC at AERA 2010 (4/30/2010)

Big Math for Little People (4/14/2010)

AERA 2010 (4/1/2010)

Seven TC Faculty Members Are Named AERA Fellows (3/8/2010)

Ginsburg, Kagan Call for Math Instruction for Very Young (1/27/2010)

TC Panel to Discuss National Academy of Sciences Report on Early Math Education (1/26/2010)

TC Faculty Question Education Secretary's Vision (1/11/2010)

Why cant we be more like Singapore (1/11/2010)

Cell Phones in the Classroom? LOL (8/14/2009)

TC's Ginsburg and Kagan Contribute to Major National Report on Math Education (7/2/2009)

Connecting the Dots at TC (1/15/2009)

Letters to the Editor (1/15/2009)

Bottling the Magic (12/23/2008)

Preschool Math, Why it adds up (9/15/2008)

TC at AERA, 2008 (3/25/2008)

Solution aims to transform math assessment (10/17/2007)

Justices Rule Against Parents in IDEA Case (7/12/2006 12:05:00 PM)

Educators Get Their First Look At New Software (2/9/2006)

VITAL Project Has Potential to Help Teach Math to Young Children (11/5/2004)

A Vital Grant (10/13/2004)

Interactive Video Learning System Developed (3/30/2004)

Third Annual Educational Technology Summit (5/1/2003)

Portable Computing in Assessing Mathematics Learning (3/1/2003)

In Brief (10/1/2002)

Experts Join Together To Improve Teachers' Ability to Diagnose Children's Understanding of Arithmetic Skills (9/17/2002)

Ginsburg Delivers the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Psychology and Education Lecture (10/24/1997)

Where Are They Now? A Listing of Departmental Hubs (1/15/1997)

Entering the Child's Mind (1/1/1996)