University of Arizona
Institute for Mathematics and Education

Using Cases to Develop Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics

February 14–16, 2008, Four Points Sheraton, Tucson, Arizona

About this workshop

This workshop focuses on the use of instructional cases in mathematics teacher education. Cases usually consist of video and/or written records of teaching, lesson plans, student work, and teacher reflections. Cases are constructed so as to highlight particular dilemmas or challenges related to teaching and learning mathematics.

Workshop presenters engage mathematicians, mathematics educators, and teachers in examining case materials and considering their potential for helping teachers build and connect knowledge of mathematics with knowledge of teaching.


Thursday, February 14, 1:30–5:30pm

  • Introductions and workshop overview
  • Kay Merseth: Orientation to the use of cases in education
  • Presentation of Case Materials: Kay Merseth (Harvard University), Shandy Hauk (University of Northern Colorado), José María Menéndez (University of Arizona), Fran Arbaugh (University of Missouri), Dan Chazan (University of Maryland), Jo Masingila (Syracuse University)

Friday, February 15, 8:30–5:00pm

  • Examination of materials in small groups
  • Cross-case discussion
  • Development of work foci and work plans
  • Within-discipline and whole-group discussions

Saturday, February 16, 9:00–4:00pm

  • Small group work
  • Reporting out to whole group
  • Reporting out to whole group and wrap-up

Organizing committee