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Fran Arbaugh

Dr. Fran Arbaugh

Professor of Education (MTHED)

Phone: 814-865-6321

269 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Curriculum and Instruction


Fran Arbaugh is professor of mathematics education and curriculum/supervision in the Penn State College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Her scholarship is in mathematics teacher education; she is driven by a passion to understand professional learning opportunities for mathematics teachers. She intentionally seeks to link research and practice, engaging in what Stokes (1997) called “use-inspired” research. She identifies problems of practice – which manifest themselves in the everyday work of teacher education and are inherently localized, contextual, and idiosyncratic – and designs research projects to develop and test possible solutions. Fran is widely published in venues intended for researchers and for practitioners, with six books and more than 50 journal articles and book chapters. She has garnered more than $3 million of external grant funding to support her scholarship.


Fran has received many awards for her teaching and research. Notedly, she was named a William T. Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence at the University of Missouri (MU) in 2007, receiving one of the most prestigious teaching awards at MU. In 2017, she received the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) Excellence in Scholarship in Mathematics Teacher Education award. She is a Past-President of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and served as a Co-Editor of the Journal of Teacher Education.

Areas of Expertise

Age Levels



Curriculum and Supervision
Instructional Methods and Design

Curriculum Areas

Math Ed

Education Levels

Middle School/Junior High
Professional Education
Secondary/High School

Educational Studies


Individual Difference


Methodological Research

Interpretive Research
Qualitative Research

Teacher Preparation

In-service Teachers
Pre-service Teachers
Professional Development
Professional Development Schools
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