Borasi named to Frederica Warner Chair


R affaella Borasi, professor at the Warner School, has been named to the FredericaWarner Chair in Education. The chair, which was established in 1988 with a gift from William and Margaret Warner Scandling, was named for the late Mrs. Scandling's aunt, Frederica Warner, who was a high school English teacher. Frederica Warner graduated from the University in 1909 and taught for 36 years in New York City public schools. The Scandlings created the chair to support the efforts of the University to strengthen education in public schools through collaboration and research.

Borasi is a widely published author and respected leader in the field of mathematics education and school mathematics reform. She joined the faculty of the Warner School in 1985 and studies the concept of teaching math through inquiry. This instructional approach stresses problem-solving, students' ownership in the learning process, and the development of communities of learners trying to "make sense" of math problems and concepts. In her work she has found that this method sparks students' curiosity and invites them to explore possibilities that lead to a fuller understanding of mathematics.

Borasi is the author of the groundbreaking 1996 book Reconceiving Mathematics Instruction: A Focus on Error. Her next book, Integrating Reading in Inquiry-Based Mathematics Classrooms: An Interdisciplinary Study, will be published by Teachers College Press later this year. She also is the creator of a multimedia package, Introducing Math Teachers to Inquiry: Framework and Support Materials to Design Professional Development, to help train teachers who can promote school mathematics reform.

Born in Italy, Borasi graduated from the University of Torino in 1981. She received a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United States and earned her doctorate from SUNY at Buffalo in 1986.

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