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Shuhua An


Coordinator of the Graduate Program for Mathematics Education

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Dr. Shuhua An has had teaching experience in math and math education at various levels for 30 years in both China and the U.S.  Her research areas include comparative study, teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge, assessment, technology, and classroom teaching research. Dr. An has been leading the international Classroom Teaching Research for All Students Research Group involving more than 30 universities from seven countries since 2008. She is the author of the books entitled, “The Middle Path in Math Instruction - Solutions for Improving Math Education” and “Teaching Elementary and Middle School Mathematics Using the MSA Approach: Model, Strategy, and Application,” and the author of numerous research articles and book chapters.  Dr. An was a member of Board Directors and Founding Treasure for California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators from 2004 to 2007. She was also a member of Board Directors and a Treasure for AERA Special Interest Group: Research in Mathematics Education from 2012-2014. Dr. An was the Chair of Math Specialist Committee for California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators from 2010-2014. In addition, Dr. An is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Mathematics Education, an Editor of the Special Issue of ICME12 TSG25 of the Journal of Mathematics Education, an Editorial board member for the Journal of Quaderni diRicerca in Didattica, an Associate Editor of the Journal of the School Science and Mathematics, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematics and Science Education.


Ph.D. , Texas A&M University , 2000

Research Interests

My research focuses on mathematics teachers’ knowledge, teaching ability, classroom teaching research, assessment in student mathematics thinking, and comparative study in mathematics teaching and learning between US and Asian countries.

Representative Publications

  1. An, S., & Wu, Z. (2015).  Making international experiences accessible to in-service teachers through East Meets West program.  Journal of Urban Learning Teaching and Research. Vol. 11, pp.99-116.
  2. An, S., & Wu, Z. (2015,).  Teaching elementary and middle school mathematics using the MSA approach: Model, strategy, and application  (2nd ed).  Irvine, CA: Education for All Publisher.
  3. An, S., Wang, L., & Wu, Z. (In press).  Chinese mathematics lesson study.  Irvine: CA: Education for All Publisher.
  4. An, S., Wu, Z., & An, S. A. (in press). Comparing teachers’ knowledge on multidigit division between U.S. and China. In J. Cai (Ed.), The research handbook in Asian math education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  5. Wu, Z., & An, S. (2014).  Listening to students’ voices: A case study of assessing perspective teachers’ thinking in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.  Academic Perspective. Vol. 10, 58-70.
  6. An, S., & Wu, Z. (2014).  Using the Evidence-Based MSA Approach to Enhance Teacher Knowledge in Student Mathematics Learning and Assessment.  Journal of Mathematics Education, Vol 7, No. 2, 108-129.
  7. Square, L., & An, S. (2013). Factors affecting minority students' college readiness in mathematics.  Journal of Urban Education.
  8. Wu, Z., An, S. A., & An, S. (2013).  Father’s Role in Chinese Children’s Education.  In J. Pattnaik (Ed.), Father/male involvement in young children's lives: an international analysis.  Springer. 
  9. Huang, X., Li, S., & An, S. (2012).  Understanding of teaching strategies on quadratic functions in Chinese mathematics classrooms.  Journal of the Korea Society of Mathematical Education Series D: Research in Mathematical Education. Vol. 16, No. 3.
  10. Gamble, B. E., Kim, S., & An, S.  (2012). Impact of a middle school math academy on learning and attitudes of minority male students in an urban school district.  Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. Vol. 8, pp.13-25.
  11. An. S. & Wu, Z. (2011).  Enhancing Mathematics Teachers' Knowledge of Students' Thinking from Assessing and Analyzing Misconceptions.  International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 1-37.  Springer.
  12. An, S. (2010). How to help children learn mathematics in the US.  Elementary Mathematics. 10,4-7.
  13. Sun, Y., An, S., Wu, Z., & Li, X. (2010). An international perspective on sixth grade mathematics final exams between Beijing and New York.  New Waves - Educational Research & Development.  13 (1), 3-11.

Recent Conference Presentations

  1. An, S., Carmona, M., Castro, A.,  Ho, E., Patamalai, M., & Smith, C.An, S. (2015). Developing mathematice reasoning in geometry.  Presentation at the 7th Classroom Teaching Research for All Students. Long Beach, California.
  2. Using Math Clinic to support struggling students’ mathematics learning. Keynote Talk at the Seventh International Conference on Technology and Mathematics Education and Workshop of Mathematics Teaching, Taiwan.
  3. An, S. (2015). Using the MSAR approach to support mathematical reasoning. Presentation at East Meets West Forum, Taiwan.
  4. An, S.,& Wu. Z. (2015).  Addressing Challenges in Urban Teaching and Learning Math Using Model- Strategy-Application with Reasoning Approach in Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Classrooms. Paper will be presented at 2015 AERA Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
  5. Cheng, J., & An, S. (2015). How the expert mathematics teachers open a lesson in Chinese high school: A case study in Shanghai.  Paper will be presented at the 27th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference. Las Vegas.
  6. An, S. (2014). Using MSAR for math proficiency.  Paper presented at the ICCAME conference.  Lanzhou, China.
  7. An, S. (2014). Develop teacher and student habits in mind in math.  China and US Math Education Forum. Nanjing, China.
  8. An, S. (2013).  Math clinic. Paper presented at SSMA Annual Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
  9. Wu, Z., & An, S. (2013). Mathematical model and modeling in K-8 classroom. Paper presented at CMC-S, Palm Springs.
  10. An, S., Gordon, S. (2013). Problem-Based Learning on Creating Equations for Maximizing Volume in Real World Problem Solving.  Paper presented at the 5rd Classroom Teaching Research for All Students (CTRAS)  Annual Conference, Fuzhou, China.  
  11. Wu, Z., An, A.S., & An, S. (2013). Father’s role in Chinese children education. Paper presented at 21st Annual International Conference of CAERDA. San Francisco, CA.

Campus Leadership

  1. Director for the Graduate Program in Mathematics Education at the College of Education at CSULB, 2009 - Present.
  2. Chair of the Grade Appeals Committee of the Department of Teacher Education.  2010 - Present.
  3. Chair of the Evaluation of Lectures Committee of the Department of Teacher Education. 2006 - 2007.   
  4. Chair of the Technology Committee of the Department of Teacher Education.  2005 - 2007.
  5. Chair/Co-Chair of the East Asia Committee of CSULB.  2003-2005.

Leadership in Professional Associations

  1. Member of Leadership Team for Topic Study Group 8 on Teaching and learning of arithmetic and number systems for the International Congress on Mathematical Education for ICME-13. 2015.
  2. Co-chair of Topic Study Group 25 on in-services education, professional development of mathematics teachers for the International Congress on Mathematical Education for ICME-12. 2012.
  3. Chair of the Math Specialist Program Committee for CAMTE. 2011 - Present.
  4. Treasurer and Member of Board Director of AERA Special Interest Group: Research in Mathematics Education.  2012 - 2014.
  5. Founding and Member of Board Director Treasurer of California Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators in 2004-2007
  6. Chair of Nanjing Session  for the Third East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematics Education (EARCOME 3) in Shanghai, Nanjing, and Hangzhou, People's Republic of China August 7 - 12, 2005.
  7. Lead of the Classroom Teaching Research for All Students Research Working Group since 2008. 

Recent Service to the Profession

  1. Initialed and Lead for Classroom Teaching Research for All Students Group(CTRAS) among 22 universities in five countries. 2008 – Present.
  2. Organized the Annual conference for Classroom Teaching Research for All Students (CTRAS) from 2009 to 2015. 

Recent Teaching or Other Professional Experiences in P-16 Settings

EDLD 798 Doctoral Dissertation

EDCI 698 Thesis Study in Mathematics Education

EDME 695 Advanced Studies in Math Education

EDME 550 Global Perspectives in Mathematics Teaching

EDME 520 Algebra: Research-Based Pedagogy

EDME 504 Advanced Mathematics Methods in Teaching II

EDME 503 Advanced Mathematics Methods in Teaching I

EDME 502 Research in Math Teaching and Learning

EDEL462 Mathematics in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Other Professional Accomplishments

Organized the Summer Teacher Institute – East Meets West for a group of Chinese teachers and children and a group of US children and classroom teachers for enhancing their international perspectives in teaching and learning in summer 2010, 2011, and 2012 in Long Beach, California.

Provided East Meets West Program to US classroom teachers via online lesson studies with international colleagues from China and  Taiwan in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Initialed and organized and supported CSULB graduate students for providing the Math at the Beach event for local school teachers and pre-service teachers in spring 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Current Projects

1.   East Meets West Program

2.   Using the MSAR model to support and assess diverse student mathematics thinking and to enhance

      teachers’ pedagogical content knowledge

3.  Chinese elementary and middle school mathematics lesson study

4.   Classroom teaching research for all students