Journal for Research in Mathematics Education

An official journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), JRME is the premier research journal in mathematics education and is devoted to the interests of teachers and researchers at all levels--preschool through college.

Coaching is a popular, yet costly, professional development structure. Therefore, understanding the learning opportunities coaching provides is essential. Following a framework by Campbell and Griffin (2017), we explore five elementary school teachers’ learning opportunities during 15 meetings and 23 lessons with two instructional coaches in two schools. Using Greeno’s (2005) situative perspective, we focus on coach–teacher dyads, examining the substance and depth (Coburn, 2003) of their conversations. Results indicate that most coach–teacher talk centered on logistics, whereas mathematics conversations were rare. We consider institutional contexts that shaped the dyads’ discussions, ultimately viewing the coaches and teachers as “sensible beings" (Leatham, 2006) with valid reasons for focusing discussions as they did. Coaching implications and directions for research are discussed.

We use a narrative framework to investigate how mathematics textbook lessons can promote sustained student inquiry. Our analysis of four high school textbook lessons on the SSA congruence property, three of which contain explorations, reveals how explorations can promote problem-solving perseverance by inspiring readers to raise mathematical questions and by keeping these questions open throughout significant portions of the lesson. Furthermore, student curiosity and anticipation can be enhanced through ambiguity. Stark structural differences exist among lessons with explorations, suggesting that explorations are not necessarily supportive of sustained student inquiry. These insights not only enable educators to learn whether and how a lesson encourages inquiry but also support the design of new curricular materials aligned with the goals of reform.

This research focuses on the retention of students’ algebraic understandings 1 year following a 3-year early algebra intervention. Participants included 1,455 Grade 6 students who had taken part in a cluster randomized trial in Grades 3–5. The results show that, as was the case at the end of Grades 3, 4, and 5, treatment students significantly outperformed control students at the end of Grade 6 on a written assessment of algebraic understanding. However, treatment students experienced a significant decline and control students a significant increase in performance relative to their respective performance at the end of Grade 5. An item-by-item analysis performed within condition revealed the areas in which students in the two groups experienced a change in performance.

Some people pursuing a doctorate in mathematics education are interested in specializing in a specific area within mathematics education. In addition, people considering postdoctoral appointments often choose institutions that have niches or specializations aligned with their long-term career goals. These specialty areas are typically the result of the foci of specific faculty members who are active in research and scholarship and have gained broad recognition for their work. This brief report offers information about specific areas of specialization within doctoral programs in mathematics education in the United States that are recognized by peer faculty at other doctoral institutions.

The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education is published online and in print five times a year—January, March, May, July, and November—at 1906 Association Dr., Reston, VA 20191-1502. Each volume’s index is in the November issue. JRME is indexed in Contents Pages in Education, Current Index to Journals in Education, Education Index, Psychological Abstracts, Social Sciences Citation Index, and MathEduc.

An official journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), JRME is the premier research journal in mathematics education and is devoted to the interests of teachers and researchers at all levels--preschool through college. JRME presents a variety of viewpoints. The views expressed or implied in JRME are not the official position of the Council unless otherwise noted.

JRME is a forum for disciplined inquiry into the teaching and learning of mathematics. The editors encourage submissions including:

  • Research reports, addressing important research questions and issues in mathematics education,
  • Brief reports of research,
  • Research commentaries on issues pertaining to mathematics education research.


More information about each type of submission is available here. If you have questions about the types of manuscripts JRME publishes, please contact

Editorial Board

The JRME Editorial Board consists of the Editorial Team and Editorial Panel.  The Editorial team, led by JRME Editor Patricio Herbst, leads the review, decision and editorial/publication process for manuscripts.  The Editorial Panel reviews manuscripts, sets policy for the journal, and continually seeks feedback from readers. The following are members of the current JRME Editorial Board.

Editorial Staff 

Patricio Herbst

University of Michigan; Editor

Sandra Crespo

Michigan State University; Associate Editor

Percival Matthews

University of Wisconsin - Madison; Associate Editor

Erin Lichtenstein

University of Michigan; Assistant Editor

Daniel Chazan

University of Maryland; Research Commentary Editor


Editorial Panel 

Amy Parks

Michigan State University; Chair

Jennifer Suh

George Mason University; Board of Directors Liason

Dor Abrahamson

University of California Berkeley 

Dan Battey 

Rutgers Graduate School of Education 

Jonathan D. Bostic                

Bowling Green State University                

Amanda Jansen

University of Delaware 

Nicole M. Joseph

Vanderbilt University 

Karl Kosko

Kent State University

Ami Mamolo

Ontario Tech University

Eva Thanheiser

Portland State University

Jamaal Young

Texas A&M University

William Zahner

San Diego State University

David E. Barnes

NCTM, Reston, Virginia; Staff Liaison



International Advisory Board  

Lara Alcock


Sigrid Blömeke      

Ghislaine Gueudet


Gülseren Karagöz Akar


Oh Nam Kwon

South Korea

Thomas Lowrie


Luz Valoyes-Chávez


Margaret Walshaw

New Zealand


Headquarters Journal Staff 

David E. Barnes

Associate Executive Director

Ken Krehbiel

Executive Director

Eleanore Tapscott

Director of Publications

Tristan Coffelt

Production Manager



The editors of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME) encourage the submission of a variety of manuscripts. Manuscripts must be submitted through the JRME Online Submission and Review System

Research Reports

JRME publishes a wide variety of research reports that move the field of mathematics education forward. These include, but are not limited to, various genres and designs of empirical research; philosophical, methodological, and historical studies in mathematics education; and literature reviews, syntheses, and theoretical analyses of research in mathematics education. Papers that review well for JRME generally include these Characteristics of a High Quality Manuscript. The editors strongly encourage all authors to consider these characteristics when preparing a submission to JRME

The maximum length for Research Reports is 13,000 words including abstract, references, tables, and figures.

Brief Reports

Brief reports of research are appropriate when a fuller report is available elsewhere or when a more comprehensive follow-up study is planned.

  • A brief report of a first study on some topic might stress the rationale, hypotheses, and plans for further work.
  • A brief report of a replication or extension of a previously reported study might contrast the results of the two studies, referring to the earlier study for methodological details.
  • A brief report of a monograph or other lengthy non-journal publication might summarize the key findings and implications or might highlight an unusual observation or methodological approach.
  • A brief report might provide an executive summary of a large study.

The maximum length for Brief Reports is 5,000 words including abstract, references, tables, and figures. If source materials are needed to evaluate a brief report manuscript, a copy should be included.

Correspondence regarding manuscripts for Research Reports or Brief Reports should be sent to:

Patricio Herbst, JRME Editor,

Research Commentaries

JRME publishes brief, peer-reviewed commentaries on issues pertaining to mathematics education research. Research Commentaries differ from Research Reports in that their focus is not to present new findings or empirical results, but rather to comment on issues of interest to the broader research community.  Commentaries are intended to engage the community and increase the breadth of topics published in JRME

Topics for this section may include, but are not restricted to:

  • Discussion of connections between research and Principles to Actions
  • Commentaries on research methods
  • Discussions of connections between research, policy, and practice
  • Analyses of trends in policies for funding research
  • Examinations of evaluation studies
  • Critical essays on research publications
  • Commentaries or interpretations of previously published research in JRME that bring insights from an equity lens
  • Exchanges among scholars holding contrasting views about research-related issues

The maximum length for Research Commentaries is 5,000 words including abstract, references, tables, and figures.

Correspondence regarding manuscripts should be sent to:

Daniel Chazan, JRME Research Commentary Editor,

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The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME), an official journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), is the premier research journal in math education and devoted to the interests of teachers and researchers at all levels--preschool through college.

JRME is published five times a year—January, March, May, July, and November—and presents a variety of viewpoints. Learn more about JRME.