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Empower. Inspire. Shape.


Dr Thorsten Scheiner is a dedicated researcher in mathematics education, with a particular focus on improving the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students. Through his research program, Dr Scheiner has honed in on the nuances of students' mathematical thinking and teachers' professional learning, which has led to theoretical, conceptual and empirical advances in the field. His work has been recognized through publications in top-tier international journals in mathematics education and teacher education, and invitations to visit prestigious research institutions as a visiting scholar.

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2023 "Shifting the ways prospective teachers frame and notice student mathematical thinking: from deficits to strengths”, Educational Studies in Mathematics.

2023 "On the relationship between school mathematics and university mathematics: a comparison of three approaches”, ZDM–Mathematics Education.

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Aug 2023 "On noticing and framing of student mathematical thinking", Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction. Thessaloniki, Greece.

Jul 2023 "Established and emerging theoretical perspectives on teacher noticing", 46th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Haifa, Israel.

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Changing the world, one classroom at a time.


Scheiner's research explores the critical skill of noticing students’ mathematical strengths and the challenges posed by deficit-based thinking in mathematics education. To address this issue, he designs learning environments to foster mathematics teachers' ability to critically reflect on their framing and noticing of students' thinking and reorient their focus towards recognizing strengths.


Learning and Cognition in Mathematics 

with an emphasis on students' mathematical thinking and learning at secondary and university level

Teacher Education and Professional Development 

with an emphasis on mathematics teacher knowledge and teacher noticing

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Graduate Mathematics Education 

"Noticing students’ mathematical strengths: A teacher's guide", Free University of Berlin, Germany. Summer 2023. 

Graduate Mathematics Education 

"Empowering math learners: Unlocking potential with engaging tasks and emerging technologies", Free University of Berlin, Germany. Summer 2023. 

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