UW–Madison emerita Fennema receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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UW–Madison’s Elizabeth Fennema has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Fennema is a professor emerita in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The award honors NCTM members who have exhibited a lifetime of achievement in mathematics education at the national level. Fennema spent over 25 years researching the interactions of girls and young women in mathematics classrooms. One result of this was a questionnaire, the “Fennema-Sherman Scales,” that has enabled researchers to gather and compare data on the attitudes of young women towards mathematics.

She and her colleagues also developed an innovative method of teaching mathematics called Cognitively Guided Instruction, the philosophy of which is detailed in “Children’s Mathematics,” a book she co-authored with Thomas Carpenter, Megan Loef Franke, Linda Levi, and Susan Empson.

Fennema retired from UW–Madison in 1996.

Learn more about the NCTM Lifetime Achievement Award.