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Wiley Announces Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 12:00 am EST

There is much concern over the fact that U.S. students perform so poorly in math compared to students in other countries. Scores of students hate and fear math, students leave school lacking a comprehension of basic mathematical concepts, and the numbers of students choosing math at the college level are in sharp decline. Much of this is blamed on the fact that students just don’t like the subject. Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching (Wiley, Jossey-Bass, 978-0-470-89452-1, November 2015, US $19.95)addresses this issue by giving practical advice and activities for teachers and parents that is all grounded in the latest research.

Until now, research on mathematics learning and the brain has been communicated through research journals. In Mathematical Mindsets, Jo Boaler has translated research evidence into practical advice and activities for parents and teachers that can transform students’ experiences with math. Contents include:

  • New brain research on Mathematics Learning
  • The Power of Mistakes and Struggle
  • What Is Math Really?
  • Creating Mathematical Mindsets
  • Rich Mathematical Tasks—Curiosity, Creativity and Connections
  • Strategies for Promoting Equity
  • Assessing for a Growth Mindset in Math

Mathematical Mindsets offers strategies on ways to approach math, the messages to give to students, the activities to use in classrooms and homes, ways to assess and group students and many other important aspects of learning. Implementing Jo Boaler’s innovative and proven strategies for teaching and learning math could transform the mathematics education landscape.

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching will be available for purchase online and at retailers nationwide in both print and all e-book formats beginning November 2. For a full list of retailers, visit To request a review copy or an interview with one of the authors, contact Robyn Gretzinger at

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Dr. Jo Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University and co-founder of Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England, and a mathematics teacher in London comprehensive schools. She is the author of eight books including What’s Math Got To Do With It? and numerous research articles. She is the recipient of the NCSM award for equity (2014), the author of the first MOOC on mathematics learning, a White House presenter and an advisor to the PISA team at the OECD. Her studies have been reported widely in news and media including the BBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Times, and The Atlantic. For more information, visit

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