Hyman Bass

Professor, School of Education; Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor, Department of Mathematics, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Hyman  Bass, School of Education

Following his 1959 PhD in mathematics from the University of Chicago, Hyman Bass did mathematics research (in algebra, algebraic geometry, number theory, and topology) at Columbia University, until coming to the University of Michigan in 1999 with a joint appointment in the Mathematics Department and the School of Education. His work in education has been largely in collaboration with Deborah Loewenberg Ball and her research groups. A continuing focus of that work has been a practice-based theory of mathematical knowledge for teaching, and its applications to teacher education, development, and evaluation. He is also currently investigating the teaching and learning of mathematical practices (made prominent in the Common Core), and, more broadly, relations of the school curriculum to disciplinary mathematics. To this end, he has identified some potentially disabling incongruities in these relations, and he has designed and implemented in a content course for teachers (“Connected Mathematical Thinking”) some instructional interventions to address such issues. In all of this work, he tries to address problems of inequitable access in STEM education. This entails the design of curricula and instruction that reconcile high aspirations with well-supported access, and that give ample attention to collective intellectual effort.

Bass has also been active in the public sphere. He was president of the American Mathematical Society and of the International Commission on Mathematical instruction. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Education, and the Third World Academy of Science. In 2012 he received the U.S. National Medal of Science for his work in both mathematics and education.

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

 

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Grants


9/1/2015 - ongoing Building MKT Assessment Items and Instructional Tasks to Build Intercommunity Capacity to Develop Teachers
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2011 - 8/31/2016 Developing Teaching Expertise in K-5 Mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

10/1/2013 - 9/30/2015 Investigating simulations of teaching practice: Assessing readiness to teach elementary mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

9/1/2010 - 8/31/2015 Contextual Research and Large Empirical Research - Developing the theory of mathematical knowledge for teaching by investigating its nature, measurement, and growth
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

8/15/2010 - 7/31/2012 The Design of Research-in-Instruction Laboratories
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

1/1/2009 - 12/31/2011 Teaching Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching: Adapting Local Materials for Use in Diverse Institutions and Settings
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/9/2008 - 1/9/2011 Developing Modules for the Preparation of Elementary Mathematics Specialists
Granting Agency: Cisco Learning Institute

8/6/2010 - 8/6/2010 MET/TK: Design and Development
Granting Agency: Educational Testing Service/Gates Foundation

2/10/2009 - 8/6/2010 MET/TK: Planning, Delivery, and Analysis
Granting Agency: Educational Testing Service/Gates Foundation

2/1/2003 - 1/1/2009 Design, Validation, and Dissemination of Measures of Content Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2005 - 1/1/2009 Using Practice as a Site to Learn Mathematics for Teaching
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/2003 - 1/1/2009 Center for Proficiency in Teaching Mathematics
Granting Agency: U Georgia CLT

2/1/2001 - 1/1/2005 Developing a Practice-Based Theory of Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation

2/1/1999 - 1/1/2002 Geometric methods in group theory
Granting Agency: National Science Foundation


Courses & Syllabi


Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Spring 2014 EDUC 547. Current Issues in Educational Studies Promoted course. Read description »

Contact

Room 4124 E
Mailbox 1600
734.615.4043 hybass@umich.edu

Curriculum Vitae