Lillie R. Albert’s approach to mathematics education goes well beyond the numbers—deeply into sociocultural historic contexts, using a social justice perspective to encourage lasting learning improvements. Albert’s expertise spans disciplines, including areas such as the use of cultural and communicative tools to develop conceptual understanding of math.
She is the Principal Investigator in a $1.6 million project funded by the National Science Foundation; the project is designed to prepare exemplary math teachers to work in high-need school districts in the Boston area.
Albert’s years of active collaboration with colleagues and scholars in South Korea resulted in her recent book, South Korean Elementary Teachers’ Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching, coauthored with Rina Kim. Another book resulted from her research into application of Vygotskian psychological approaches to teaching and learning in mathematical problem-solving.
In keeping with the Lynch School’s emphasis on integrating theory and practice, she has served on projects that benefit youth and communities—such as her work as an advisor on the WGBH Educational Foundation and PBS Learning Media project, "Keep Going! Building a Culture of Perseverance in the Math Classroom."
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
Albert, L. R. (2017, June). Why mathematical curriculum knowledge matters. Presentation at Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea.
Albert, L. R. (2017, June). Outside-in – Inside-out: Writing in the zone of proximal practice. Seminar presentation at Jeju National University Teachers College, Jeju Island, South Korea.
Albert, L R., Hwang, S. and Madden, P. F. (2017, May). Scenarios as an instructional approach: Prospective teachers’ self-reflections about teaching mathematics to English language learners. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Antonio, Texas.
Albert, L. R. (2016, July). The next generation of elementary mathematics teachers: The role of personality and creativity. Paper presentation at the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education. Hamburg, Germany.
Albert, L. R. (2015, June). Teaching mathematics in the United States: Challenges and pressures in the era of the common core states standards. Presentation at Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, South Korea.
Albert, L. R. (2015, June). The next generation of elementary mathematics teachers: Personality and creativity in the classroom. Paper presented at Seoul National University of Education, Seoul, South Korea.
Albert, L. R. (2014, January). Preparing the next generation of elementary teachers: Personality and creativity in the classroom. Keynote Address at the International Conference on Issues and Future Directions in Elementary School Education At Gwangju National University of Education, Gwangju, South Korea.
Albert, L. R. (March 2014). Attending to diversity and equity in the recruitment and preparation of K-12 teachers of mathematics. Presentation at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute 2014 Critical Issues in Mathematics Education Workshop, Berkeley, CA.
Albert, L. R., Kim, R., and Kwon, Na Young. (2014, April). A Hierarchy of South Korean elementary teachers’ knowledge for teaching mathematics. Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
Albert, L. R. (2013, May). Developing creativity through collaborative problem solving. Keynote Address at the 43th Conference of Mathematics, The Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics, Jinju, South Korea.
Albert, L. R. (2013, May). Becoming a secondary mathematics teacher: Challenges and pressures. Presentation at Kangwon National University, Seoul, South Korea.
Albert, L. R. (2012, July). Mathematical learning and Vygotskian theory. Paper presented at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Seoul, South Korea.
Albert, L. R. and Peiyun, Z. (2011, April). The desire to learn: Learning across generations. Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Terrell, K. and Albert, L. R. (2011, April). Investigating an infused methods course to prepare secondary mathematics teachers to instruct English-language learners. Paper Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, New Orleans, Louisiana
Principal Investigator, The National Science Foundation, 2013-2019. Project Title: Mathematics Educators for High-Need Schools. Funded for $1.6 millions. Chi-Keung Cheung and Sol Friedberg Co- Principal Investigators.
Principal Investigator, The National Science Foundation, 2011-2012. Project Title: Developing the Next Generation of Outstanding Mathematics Teachers. Funded for $88,117. Chi-Keung Cheung, Co- Principal Investigators.
Co-Investigator, The National Science Foundation. 2005-2007 Project Title: Helping to Even the Odds for Girls in STEM Fields: Understanding the Basis for Girls’ Difficulties with Measurement. Funded for $496,000. Beth Casey and Marina Vasilyeva, Principal Investigators.
Principal Investigator, 2002-2006, General Electric Foundation Mathematics Excellence Initiative ($369,225.00) Title of Project: Boston College/Brighton High School Mathematics Excellence Partnership (B2 MEP), Melanie Zibit, Co- Principal Investigator.