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Tzur, Ron

Ron Tzur PhD

  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address:ron.tzur@ucdenver.edu

Mailing Address:
  • CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Denver, CO 80204

Dr. Tzur is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development. He completed a PhD degree at the University of Georgia (Athens). His research focuses on children’s construction of early number and fractional knowledge, on mathematics teachers’ professional development, and on linking mathematical thinking/learning with brain processes. He currently serves as a Principal Investigator on the 4-year, $3,000,000 NSF-funded project, “Student-Adaptive Pedagogy for Elementary Teachers: Promoting Multiplicative and Fractional Reasoning to Improve Students’ Preparedness for Middle School Mathematics.” This project implements and studies a professional development (PD) intervention designed to shift upper elementary teachers’ mathematics teaching toward a constructivist approach, called student-adaptive pedagogy (AdPed), which adapts teaching goals and activities based on students’ conceptions and experiences – and measure the impact of that shift on students’ learning and outcomes. Initial findings indicated statistically significant growth in teachers, and corresponding growth in students’ ability to reason in multiplicative situations (including place value, base ten tasks).

Areas of Expertise

  • Conceptual development of early number knowledge, multiplicative reasoning, and fractional reasoning
  • A theoretical account of the mental processes involved in conceptual progression ("coming from not having to having a particular math concept")
  • Mathematics teaching - teachers' perspectives on knowing and learning
  • Mathematics teachers' professional development of those perspectives
  • Linking the account of conceptual learning with brain research

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