Educational Studies

Patricio Herbst

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.

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The Educational Studies program focuses on the improvement of K-12 education. We do this through research and scholarship on educational practice and through the preparation of knowledgeable, skillful, and thoughtful teachers and education administrators. We offer nine PhD specializations, customizable academic master's degree programs, two master's degree with teacher certification programs, and two undergraduate teacher certification programs.

The University of Michigan has a nationally recognized faculty prepared to fuel your curiosity, engage your intellect, and deepen your knowledge about key issues facing education, including equity and social justice in schooling; how students learn and what motivates them to learn; how do effective teachers teach key school subjects, such as reading, mathematics, science, history, and English; how can technology and other educational innovations  enhance teaching and learning; what are the social and political contexts and the historical and philosophical foundations of schooling; and how do we use evidence to shape education policy and public discussions on curriculum, teaching, and achievement.

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