Ginsburg, Herbert P. (hpg4)

Herbert P Ginsburg

Jacob H. Schiff Foundations Professor Emeritus of Psychology & Education

Office Location:

457B GDodge

Office Hours:

By appointment; please email.

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.




Related Articles

TC at AERA, 2008

Hank Levin is giving the Distinguished Lecture; Janet Miller is receiving a lifetime achievement award; Susan Fuhrman, Amy Wells, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Edmund Gordon are speaking in Presidential Sessions, and Gordon and colleagues are part of "A Scholar's Evening in Harlem." And then there's the research.

Frank Moretti, Technology Leader and Philosopher, Has Passed Away

Frank Moretti (Ph.D.'83), TC Professor of Communications and one of the nation's leading theorists and practitioners in the use of digital technology in education, passed away in early July after a long illness. He was 69.

What Could Education Look Like in Five Years?

At last week's New York Times Schools for Tomorrow 2012 Conference, TC Psychology and Education Professor Herbert Ginsburg and other distinguished panelists discuss the scientific and technological advances that will fundamentally change learning and teaching.

The Mathemagician

"What baby would not know the difference between a lot of food and a little food? Or a lot of attention versus a little attention?"

Numbers Games

New software harnesses cognitive research to boost the everyday math abilities of very young children

MathemAntics: a database of strategies for teachers

MathemAntics: a database of strategies for teachers

Big Math for Little People

TC's Herbert Ginsburg spoke with WABC's Art McFarland about a local preschool math program with which he works.

Ginsburg, Kagan Call for Math Instruction for Very Young

Contrary to conventional wisdom of many educators and parents, very young children can learn math. That was the message at a panel at Teachers College on Tuesday, when TC faculty members Herbert Ginsburg and Sharon Lynn Kagan discussed the results of a 2009 National Academy of Sciences study to which they had contributed. A video of the panel discussion is online here.

TC Panel to Discuss National Academy of Sciences Report on Early Math Education

Herbert Ginsburg and Sharon Lynn Kagan, who contributed to a National Academy of Sciences report on the ability of young children to learn math will discuss the report's findings at a special panel discussion on Tuesday, January 26

Why cant we be more like Singapore

A delegation from the tiny city state discusses its educational success

Advancing TC's Legacy for Generations to Come

In her 2012 State of the College address, President Susan Fuhrman calls for TC to honor its past while transforming the future


This year's TC presentations range from using video to prepare preservice teachers to the educational impact of natural disasters

TC at AERA 2010

This year's annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), themed "Understanding Complex Ecologies in a Changing World," which will be held April 30 - May 4 in Denver, will include the participation of nearly 175 TC faculty and students. Highlights follow; for a more comprehensive listing of TC participation in the 2010 AERA annual conference, please visit

Faculty Named AERA Fellows

Faculty Named AERA Fellows

Seven TC Faculty Members Are Named AERA Fellows

Seven Teachers College faculty members have been named 2010 Fellows of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The purpose of the AERA Fellows Program is to honor education researchers with substantial research accomplishments, to convey the Association's commitment to excellence in research, and to enable the next generation of emerging scholars to appreciate the value of sustained achievements in research and the breadth of scholarship worthy of recognition. The Program is intended to recognize excellence in research and be inclusive of the scholarship that constitutes and enriches education research as an interdisciplinary field. Fellows are nominated by their peers, selected and recommended by the Fellows Committee, and approved by the AERA Council, the Association's elected governing group.

Teacher, Observed and Observing

For TC's Elementary Inclusive Education program, "assessment" is an ethos of knowing one's students and oneself

Connecting Teaching to Research

A major conference at TC lays out a vision for equipping new teachers to use the growing body of scientific knowledge about how people learn.

When Less is More

The creation of a new Education Policy and Social Analysis Department, announced in January, clearly strengthens Teachers College's expertise in the policy arena. But it also creates a more logical and focused alignment within another department -- Human Development -- that is giving up some of its faculty members to the new effort.

Game On!

Azadeh Jamalian believes in the power of play

The Thinking Profession

In an era of ambitious new learning standards, teacher preparation must seamlessly link research and practice

Research in Practice: Finding Answers in the Classroom

Research in Practice: Finding Answers in the Classroom

TC Faculty Question Education Secretary's Vision

Writing in Education Week, a group of the College's faculty members query Arne Duncan on some of the ideas he laid out in his address to the TC community.

Putting the "Academic" in Academic Festival

TC's second annual Academic Festival featured 13 different panels, presentations and performances, offered over the course of three sessions. The following six, described in brief, were also captured on video.

Columbia and TC Cited for Fulbright Excellence

Columbia University is one of the nation's top producers this year of Fulbright Students and Fulbright Scholars -- and TC has played an important part in that success. Top-producing institutions were highlighted in the October 24th digital edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Brooks-Gunn, Ginsburg Elected To National Academy of Education

Both are honored for "pioneering efforts in education research and policy development," the Academy announced.

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