Sarah Berenson

Teacher Education and Higher Education (TEHE) Department 
Sarah Berenson

Professor Emeritus Mathematics Education
Formerly Yopp Distinguished Professor

Office: 445 SOE Building

Research Interest

Mathematics education research, Algebraic thinking, Mathematical reasoning, Pattern-finding


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics Education & Computer Education, The Florida State University
  • M.S. in Mathematics Education, Western Connecticut State University
  • B.S. in Secondary Mathematics & Science Education, University of Massachusetts -Boston


Dr. Berenson, an internationally known mathematics educator, directed the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at NC State University before taking the Yopp Distinguished Professorship at UNCG. At NC State she received the Holladay Medal of Excellence, the highest honor awarded to faculty. In addition to her many juried publications and presentations, she was awarded 42 federal and state grants providing professional development for teachers and research funding for graduate students. Currently she is the external evaluator on a Rutgers University NSF grant.


Berenson, S.B. & Maher, J.A. (2013). Elementary students’ generalizations and the growth of their mathematical achievement. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Kiel University, Kiel, Germany.

Berenson, S. (2011). Improving teacher practice with action learning. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators in Europe. University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.

Carrier, J., & Berenson, S. (2010). Indicators of multiplicative reasoning among fourth grade students. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Psychology of Mathematics Education – North American Chapter [8-pages]. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University.

Richardson, K, Carter, T., & Berenson, S. (2010). Connected tasks: Building blocks of reasoning and proof. Australia Primary Mathematics Classroom. 15(4), 17-23.

Richardson, K., Berenson, S., & Staley, K. (2009). Prospective elementary teachers use of representation to reason algebraically. Journal of Mathematical Behavior. 28(2-3), 188-199.