Presidential Citation
Presidential Citation
Presidential Citation

2022 Award Recipients

Presidential Citations by AERA President Na’ilah Suad Nasir

Geoffrey B. Saxe
University of California, Berkeley 

This presidential citation recognizes Professor Geoffrey Saxe, for his contributions to theories of culture and cognition, his deep regard for the power of rigorous empirical work, and his incredible generosity as a research advisor and collaborator.

Professor Saxe’s scholarship on the relations between culture and cognitive development with a focus on mathematical cognition has sparked innovative new thought in the field of cognitive development. He has conducted his research in a variety of settings, including remote parts of Papua New Guinea, urban and rural areas of Northeastern Brazil, and elementary and middle school classrooms in the United States, focusing primarily on the development of mathematical thought. In addition to being a rich theoretical thinker, he has also developed curriculum and engaged with the professional development of teachers in mathematics education; with colleagues, his recent design research that has led to an innovative curriculum on integers and fractions. His books include the Cultural Development of Mathematical Ideas: Papua New Guinea Studies (2012) and Culture and Cognitive Development: Studies in Mathematical Understanding (1991). He is past President and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jean Piaget Society, and he is past Editor-in-Chief for the interdisciplinary journal, Human Development. He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Education, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and the Rockefeller Center in Bellagio, Italy. His scholarship has been ground-breaking in deepening our understanding of culture-cognition relations, and in articulating the process by which cultural settings and practices become part and parcel of thinking practices, and also leveraging that knowledge for the design of teaching and learning environments.

An important aspect of his scholarly contributions is his incredible strengths as an advisor and intellectual mentor. I am personally grateful for Geoff’s unique strength at supporting students to find their own scholarly voice, building their own body of empirical research, and designing rigorous studies deeply informed by theory. I am grateful also for his patience and diligence in providing meticulous feedback on my writing early in my career, which was one way he embodies sociocultural theories about the role of scaffolding in developing expertise. I would not be the scholar I am today, nor the mentor that I have become, without the gentle and kind mentoring, and rigorous research training Geoff provided during my formative years as a scholar. I am incredibly grateful.

Past Recipients

2021 - Vanessa Siddle Walker by AERA President Shaun Harper

2020 - Jackie Irvine and James Anderson by AERA President Vanessa Siddle Walker 

2019- Jeannie Oakes and Vanessa Siddle Walker by AERA President Amy Stuart Wells

2018 - Sharon Feiman-Nemser and Carol D. Lee by AERA President Deborah Ball

2017 - Alfredo J. Artiles, Henry T. Frierson and Gloria J. Ladson-Billings by AERA President Vivian L. Gadsden

2016 - Amy Stuart Wells and John S. Rogers by AERA President Jeannie Oakes

2015 - Etta R. Hollins and Adelaide L. Sanford by AERA President Joyce E. King

2014 - Larry V. Hedges and Felice J. Levine by AERA President Barbara Schneider

2013 - Shirley Brice Heath, Yvonne Sessions Lincoln, and John Brooks Slaughter by AERA President William G. Tierney

2012 - Kofi Lomotey, Cynthia A. Tyson and Rick R. McCown by AERA President Arnetha Ball

2011 -  Linda Darling-Hammond, Patricia Gandara and Mike Rose by AERA President Kris D. Gutiérrez

2010 - Luis C. Moll, Geoffrey B. Saxe, and William F. Tate by AERA President Carol D. Lee

2009 - Richard J. Shavelson and Carol H. Weiss by AERA President Lorraine M. McDonnell

2008 - Walter R. Allen, Patricia F. Campbell, and John Q. Easton by AERA President William F. Tate

2007 - Edmund W. Gordon and Robert E. Stake by AERA President Eva L. Baker

2006 - Beverly M. Gordon by AERA President Gloria Ladson-Billings

2005 - Ann Lieberman by AERA President Marilyn Cochran-Smith

2004 - Ralph J. Putnam by AERA President Hilda Borko

2003 - Robert Glaser by AERA President Robert L. Linn

2002 - Fred Neumann, Lloyd Bond, and Mike Smith by AERA President Andrew C. Porter

2000 - Pat Graham by AERA President Lorrie A. Shepard

1998 - Elizabeth Cohen by AERA President James A. Banks

1997 - Elizabeth Fennema by AERA President Penelope L. Peterson

1995 - James Comer, M.D. by AERA President Jane A. Stallings

1994 - Jerome Brunner by AERA President Ann L. Brown 

Call for Award Nominations

Deadline: October 13, 2022

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