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About Ron Tzur

My academic work has always focused on how teacher-learner interactions nurture mathematical powers in all involved. To this end, I study both how students learn particular concepts in math (e.g., fractions) and how teachers develop ever-improved ways to teach such concepts, and combine both lines of study into a growing, comprehensive framework. This framework explains the cognitive processes teaching may engender and links them to plausible brain functioning that underlie learning. My teaching of mathematics and my studies have always paid particular attention to those who are underserved and thus, too often, are left behind. I truly believe that good teaching entails every student's success in mathematics and related topics, and have built networks of communities where teachers strive to learn and provide such teaching.


Present Professor, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • North Carolina State University Faculty Academic Advising Award (Finalist), April 2002
  • Penn State University College of Education Outstanding Faculty Award (Finalist), December 1999
  • The University of Georgia Graduate School Teaching Assistant Enhancement Award, 1994-1995
  • The Association of Teacher Educators Annual Distinguished Research Award, February, 2000


  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
  • Elementary Mathematics Teaching II
  • Elementary Mathematics Teaching I
  • Developmental Pathways in Students’ Mathematical Thinking
  • Mathematics Teaching – Theory and Practice
  • Theories of Mathematics Learning
  • Doctoral Dissertations


1995 PhD, University of Georgia ‐ Mathematics Education
1992 M.S., Technion-Israel Institute of Technology ‐ Mathematics Education
1986 University of Haifa ‐ Mathematics Teaching Certificate (7-12) | Emphasis: Social Education

Contact Information

University of Colorado Denver
School of Education and Human Development
P.O. BOX 173364
Campus Box 106
Denver, CO 80217-3364


Refereed Journals (23)

Book Chapters and Articles in Refereed Proceedings (31)