Edward A. Silver

William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor, School of Education; Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Edward A. Silver, School of Education

Edward A. Silver teaches and advises graduate students in mathematics education and conducts research related to the teaching and learning of mathematics. He is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies and the William A. Brownell Collegiate Professor of Education and professor of mathematics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In the past he has served as chair of the Educational Studies Program and as associate dean of academic affairs in the School of Education at the University of Michigan on the Ann Arbor campus, and as dean of the School of Education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, one of the university’s two regional campuses. Before joining the U-M faculty, he taught at the middle school and high school levels in New York State and at universities in Illinois, California, and Pennsylvania.

His scholarly interests include the study of mathematical thinking, especially mathematical problem solving and problem posing; the design and analysis of intellectually engaging and equitable mathematics instruction for students; innovative methods of assessing and reporting mathematics achievement; the practices of mathematics teaching and methods to enhancing teachers’ knowledge and effectiveness; and examining the interface between research and practice in education and enhancing productive interchange between education research and practice. He has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on these and related topics. He currently directs two projects supported by funding from the National Science Foundation–one aims to explore ways to transform PISA assessment items and results into resources for teacher professional learning, and the other involves an investigation of the beliefs and practices of mathematics teacher educators and teacher professional development specialists regarding formative assessment. He also directs the Usable Scholarship in Education (USE) Initiative at the University of Michigan, in which he and others are probing the nature of the connections and disconnections between educational scholarship and educational policy/practice.

He currently serves as an elected member of the board of directors of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators. He has previously served on several National Research Council committees, numerous advisory boards for projects and organizations, as one of the principal authors for Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, as editor of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education from 2000-2004, and as co-editor of The Elementary School Journal from 2008-2010. He has received a number of recognitions for his work, including the 2004 Award for Outstanding Contributions of Educational Research to Practice from the American Educational Research Association, the 2007 Iris Carl Memorial Leadership and Equity Award from TODOS, the 2008 Judith Jacobs Lectureship from the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the 2011 Senior Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education.

Silver teaches courses in the following program(s):
Mathematics Education


Selected Publications

Silver, E. A. (Ed.).  (1985). Teaching and learning mathematical problem solving:  Multiple research  perspectives. Hillsdale, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Silver, E. A. (1994). "On mathematical problem posing." For the Learning of Mathematics, 14 (1), 19-28. 

Silver, E. A., Smith, M. S., & Nelson, B. S.  (1995). "The QUASAR project:  Equity concerns meet mathematics education reform in the middle school." In W. Secada,  E. Fennema, & L. Byrd Adajian (Eds.), New directions in equity in mathematics education (pp. 9-56).  New York:  Cambridge University Press.

Silver, E. A., & Cai, J. (1996). "An analysis of arithmetic problem posing by middle school students." Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 27, 521-539.

Silver, E. A., & Stein, M. K.  (1996). "The QUASAR project: The 'revolution of the possible' in mathematics instructional reform in urban middle schools." Urban Education, 30 (4), 476-521.

Stein, M. K., Smith, M. S., & Silver, E. A. (1999). "The development of professional developers: Learning to assist teachers in new settings in new ways." Harvard Educational Review, 69 (3), 237-269.

Silver, E. A., Ghousseini, H., Gosen, D., Charalambous, C., & Strawhun, B.T.F.  (2005). "Moving from rhetoric to praxis: Issues faced by teachers in having students consider multiple solutions for problems in the mathematics classroom." Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 24, 287-301.

Silver, E. A., & Herbst, P. G. (2007). "Theory in mathematics education scholarship." In F. K. Lester (Ed.), Second handbook of research on mathematics teaching and learning (pp. 39-67). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Silver, E. A., Mesa, V., Morris, K. A., Star, J. R., & Benken, B. M. (2009). "Teaching mathematics for understanding: An analysis of lessons submitted by teachers seeking NBPTS certification." American Educational Research Journal, 46(2), 501-531. DOI:10.3102/0002831208326559

Stein, M. K., Smith, M. S., Henningsen, M. A., & Silver, E. A.  (2009).  Implementing standards-based mathematics instruction:  A casebook for professional development, Second Edition.  New York:  Teachers College Press.




2/4/2000 - 1/11/2001 Exploring the Portfolios of NBPTS Candidates in Middle School Mathematics and Science
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/1995 - 1/1/1999 Interpretive Reports for the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh NAEP Mathematics Assessments
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation/National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

2/1/1998 - 1/1/1999 Use of Cases in Mathematics Teacher Education
Granting Agency: Exxon Foundation

2/1/1996 - 1/1/1999 Benchmarks of Student Understanding
Granting Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement/University of Wisconsin

2/1/1992 - 1/1/1994 A Study of the Content and Validity of the 1992 NAEP Mathematics Items
Granting Agency: National Academy of Education

12/31/2016 - ongoing Bosch/SOE K-12 STEM Education Planning and Development
Granting Agency: Bosch Community Fund

6/15/2014 - 5/31/2015 Improving Students' Mathematical Proficiency through Formative Assessment: Responding to an Urgent Need in the Common Core Era
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/9/2010 - 1/9/2011 Using PISA to Develop Activities for Teacher Education (UPDATE)
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/9/2009 - 1/9/2010 Developing Excellence in Learning and Teaching Algebra (DELTA)
Granting Agency: Oakland Schools Grant

2/9/2006 - 1/9/2008 The Michigan Math and Science Partnership Teacher Leadership Network
Granting Agency: Saginaw Valley State University

2/1/1998 - 1/1/2003 COMET: Cases of Mathematics Instruction to Enhance Teaching
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/1989 - 1/1/2002 QUASAR Project (Quantitative Understanding: Amplifying Student Achievement and Reasoning)
Granting Agency: Ford Foundation

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Winter 2015 EDUC 607. Contemporary Approaches to Educational Assessment EDUC 607. EDUC 607-001 Contemporary Approaches to Educational Assessment


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