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Ilana Horn

Professor, Math Education, Department of Teaching and Learning

Click the link above to watch Dr. Horn's presentation at the Hugo Rossi Lecture at the University of Utah, sponsored by Center for Science and Mathematics Education, titled An Asset-Orientation is Everything: How Strengths-Based Perspectives on Math Teaching Helps Students—and Teachers.


Dr. Ilana Horn's work is motivated by the underperformance of American secondary students in school mathematics. Her research centers on ways to make authentic mathematics accessible to students, particularly those who have historically been disenfranchised by our educational system. "I focus primarily on mathematics teaching in two ways," says Dr. Horn, "first, I look at classroom practices that engage the most students in high quality mathematics. Second, viewing teaching as a situated practice, I am interested in how school environments, communities, colleagues, and policies shape what is instructionally possible. My scholarship lies at the intersection of mathematics education, learning sciences, and sociology of teachers' work."

Dr. Horn's research projects have spanned questions of in-service teachers' professional learning, pre-service education, district level instructional improvement, and students' experiences of different forms of mathematics instruction. "These projects implicate the way teachers' work is organized in supporting the best forms of instruction for students. Theoretically, I draw on ethnomethodology and sociocultural studies of learning. Methodologically, I conduct comparative case studies with discourse analysis as a tool to understand local meanings."

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