Patricio HerbstAssociate Professor, School of Education; Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts,
University of Michigan
Pat Herbst is a mathematics educator whose research focuses on the nature of the mathematical work that students do in secondary classrooms and on the work teachers do to manage knowledge development. He has studied mathematical work, student thinking, and teacher decision-making in geometry classrooms with particular attention to the use of reasoning and proof to solve problems and develop new ideas. Pat’s research aims at describing and explaining the work that teachers do to create and sustain mathematical activity and knowing in classrooms; his research also includes identifying and measuring the sources of justification for teachers’ decisions, including knowledge, situational norms, and professional obligations. Pat has pioneered the use of animated depictions of classroom stories to prompt conversations about instruction among teachers, and using these conversations to understand teachers’ reasoning and decision making. He teaches courses on mathematics instruction, curriculum, and research in the doctoral specialization in mathematics education, and a course on secondary mathematics instruction for the teacher education program. He received his doctorate from the University of Georgia in 1998.