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A list of my different books and peer-reviewed scholarly articles is provided at the end of this document.  Many of the articles are available for download on my Stanford site and at


Boaler, Jo (2022) Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students’ Potential through Creative Mathematics, Inspiring Messages and Innovative Teaching. Jossey-Bass; 2nd edition.

Boaler (2019). Limitless Mind. Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers. Harper Collins.

Boaler, J (2015) What’s Math Got to do With It? How Teachers and Parents Can Transform Mathematics Learning and Inspire Success Penguin: New York.

Boaler, J & Humphreys, C (2005) Connecting Mathematical Ideas: Middle School Cases of Teaching & Learning. Heinemann: Portsmouth.

Boaler, J (2002) Experiencing School Mathematics: Traditional and Reform Approaches to Teaching and their Impact on Student Learning. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: Mahwah, New Jersey.

Boaler, J. (ed) (2000) Multiple Perspectives on Mathematics Teaching & Learning. Ablex Publishing: Westport, CT.

Boaler, J. (1997) Experiencing School Mathematics: Teaching Styles, Sex and Setting. Open University Press:Buckingham, England.

K-8 Book Series. Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big ideas. Wiley

  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2020). Mindset Mathematics. Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas. Kindergarten. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2021). Mindset mathematics: Visualizing and investigating big ideas, Grade 1. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2022). Mindset mathematics: Visualizing and investigating big ideas, Grade 2. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2018). Mindset Mathematics. Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas. Grade 3. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2017). Mindset Mathematics. Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas. Grade 4. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2018). Mindset Mathematics. Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas. Grade 5. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2019). Mindset Mathematics. Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas. Grade 6. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2019). Mindset Mathematics. Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas. Grade 7. Wiley.
  • Boaler, J., Munson, J., & Williams, C. (2019). Mindset Mathematics. Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas. Grade 8. Wiley.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles.

Boaler, J., Brown, K., LaMar, T., Leshin, M., & Selbach-Allen, M. (2022). Infusing Mindset through Mathematical Problem Solving and Collaboration: Studying the Impact of a Short College Intervention. Education Sciences, 12(10), 694.

Boaler, J., Dieckmann, J. A., LaMar, T., Leshin, M., Selbach-Allen, M., & Pérez-Núñez, G. (2021). The Transformative Impact of a Mathematical Mindset Experience Taught at Scale. In Frontiers in Education (p. 512). Frontiers

Boaler, J. & LaMar, T. (2021) Tracing the Path of Identity Research in Mathematics Education: The Journey and the Future. Journal of Research in Mathematics Education Monograph number 17. ISSN 0883-9530

LaMar, T., & Boaler, J. (2021). The importance and emergence of K-12 data science. Phi Delta Kappan, 103(1), 49-53.

Boaler, J., LaMar, T., & Williams, C. (2021). Making Sense of a Data-Filled World. Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12,114(7), 508-517. NCTM.

LaMar, T., Leshin, M., & Boaler, J. (2020). The Derailing Impact of Content Standards – an Equity Focused District held back by Narrow Mathematics. International Journal of Educational Research, Vol1

Selbach-Allen, M. E. Williams, C. A.and Boaler, J. (2020) "What Would the Nautilus Say? Unleashing Creativity in Mathematics!," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Vol 10 Issue 2 (July 2020), pages 391-414. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.202002.18 .

Boaler, J. (2019). Prove it to Me! Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 422-429.

Boaler, J. (2019). Unlocking Children’s Math Potential. The Review, 2019. 69-77

Boaler, J., Cordero, M., & Dieckmann, J. (2019). Pursuing Gender Equity in Mathematics Competitions. A Case of Mathematical Freedom. Mathematics Association of America, FOCUS, Feb/March 2019.

Boaler, J (2018). Introduction to Special Issue. Dispelling Myths About Mathematics.

Boaler, J.; Anderson, R. (2018) Considering the Rights of Learners in Classrooms. Democracy and Education.

Boaler (2018). Developing Mathematical Mindsets: The Need to Interact with Numbers Flexibly and Conceptually. American Educator. Winter 2018-19.

Boaler J.; Dieckmann J.; Pérez-Núñez G.; Sun K., and Williams C. (2018) Changing Students Minds and Achievement in Mathematics: The Impact of a Free Online Student Course. Frontiers. Educ. 3:26. doi: 10.3389/feduc.2018.00026

Anderson, R; Boaler, J.; Dieckmann, J. (2018) Achieving Elusive Teacher Change through Challenging Myths about Learning: A Blended Approach. Education Sciences, 8 (3), 98,

Boaler, J. & Selling, S. (2017). Psychological Imprisonment or Intellectual Freedom? A Longitudinal Study of Contrasting School Mathematics Approaches and Their Impact on Adult’s Lives. Journal of Research in Mathematics Education. 48.1 (2017): 78-105.

Boaler, J., Chen, L., Williams, C., & Cordero, M. (2016). Seeing as Understanding: The Importance of Visual Mathematics for our Brain and Learning. Journal of Applied & Computational Mathematics, 5(5), DOI: 10.4172/2168-9679.1000325

Boaler, J. (2016) Guest Editor: Journal of Mathematical Behavior. The Many Colors of Algebra, special edition. Match, Vol 41

Boaler, J. (2016). Designing Mathematics Classes to Promote Equity and Engagement Journal of Mathematical Behavior. 41, 172-178.

Boaler, J. & Sengupta-Irving, T. (2016). The Many Colors of Algebra: The Impact of Equity Focused Teaching Upon Student Learning and Engagement. Journal of Mathematical Behavior. 41, 179-90

Boaler (2014). Research Suggests that Timed Tests Cause Math Anxiety. Teaching Children Mathematics, NCTM, 20 (8) 469-474Boaler, J. (2013). Ability and Mathematics: The Mindset Revolution that is Reshaping Education. FORUM, 55, 1(143-152)

Boaler, J .(2013). Ability Grouping in Mathematics Classrooms. International Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education.

Sullivan, P; Jorgensen, R, Boaler, J; Lerman, S. (2013). Transposing reform pedagogy into new contexts: Complex Instruction in Remote Australia. Mathematics Education Research Journal

Boaler, J.; Altendorff, L. & Kent, G. (2011). Mathematics and Science in the United Kingdom: Inequities in Participation and Performance. Oxford Review of Education. 37 (4), 457-484.

Boaler, J (2011) Changing Students’ Lives Through the De-tracking of Urban Mathematics Classrooms. Journal of Urban Mathematics Education (Vol. 4, No. 1).

Boaler, J. (2008). When Politics Took the Place of Inquiry: A Response to the National Mathematics Advisory Panel's Review of Instructional Practices. Educational ResearcherDecember 2008, 37: 588-594.

Boaler, J. (2008). Promoting 'Relational Equity' and High Mathematics Achievement Through an Innovative Mixed Ability Approach. British Educational Research Journal. 34 (2), 167-194

Boaler, J & Staples, M. (2008). Creating Mathematical Futures through an Equitable Teaching Approach: The Case of Railside School. Teachers’ College Record. 110 (3), 608-645. Cited in the “Supreme Court of the United States” in the case of parents vs the Seattle Court District, (Nos 05-908 & 05-915)

Boaler (2005). The ‘Psychological Prison’ from which they never escaped: The role of ability grouping in reproducing social class inequalities. FORUM, 47, 2&3, 135-144.

Boaler, J. (2003) When Learning no Longer Matters – standardized testing and the creation of inequality. Phi Delta Kappan, 84, 7, 502-506.

Boaler, J. (2002). Exploring the Nature of Mathematical Activity: Using theory, research and 'working hypotheses' to broaden conceptions of mathematics knowing. Invited Paper. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 51(1-2), 3-21.

Boaler, J. (2002). Learning from Teaching: Exploring the Relationship Between Reform Curriculum and Equity. Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 33(4), 239-258.

Boaler, J. (2002). Paying the Price for "Sugar and Spice": Shifting the Analytical Lens in Equity Research. Mathematical Thinking and Learning. 4(2&3), 127-144.

Boaler, J. (2002). The Development of Disciplinary Relationships: Knowledge, Practice and Identity in Mathematics Classrooms. For the Learning of Mathematics, 22(1), 42-47.

Boaler, J (2002). Mathematical Modeling and New Theories of Learning. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications. 20 (3), 121-127

Boaler, J., Wiliam, D., & Brown, M. (2000). Students' experiences of ability grouping - disaffection, polarization and the construction of failure. British Educational Research Journal, 26, 5, 631-648.

Boaler, J. (2000). Exploring Situated Insights into Research and Learning.  Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, 39 (1), 113-119

Boaler, J. (2000). Mathematics from another World: Traditional Communities and the Alienation of Learners. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 18 (4), 1-19.

Boaler, J. (1999). Participation, Knowledge and Beliefs: A Community Perspective on Mathematics Learning. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 40, 259-281.

Boaler, J. (1998) Open and Closed Mathematics Approaches: Student Experiences and Understandings Journal for Research in Mathematics Education. 29 (1) 41-62.

Boaler, J. (1998) Mathematical Equity: Under Achieving Boys or Sacrificial Girls? Journal of Inclusive Education, 2 (2).

Boaler, J. (1998). Alternative Approaches to Teaching, Learning and Assessing Mathematics. Evaluation and Program Planning, 21, 129-141.

Boaler, J. (1997). Equity, Empowerment and Different Ways of Knowing.  Mathematics Education Research Journal., 9(3), 325-342.

Boaler, J. (1997) Setting, Social Class and Survival of the Quickest.  British Educational Research Journal. 23 (5) 575-595.

Boaler, J. (1997) Reclaiming School Mathematics: The Girls Fight Back. Gender and Education. 9 (3) 285-306.

Boaler, J. (1997) When Even the Winners are Losers: Evaluating the Experience of ‘top set’ students. Journal of Curriculum Studies,  29 (2) 165-182.

Boaler, J. (1996) Learning to Lose in the Mathematics Classroom: a critique of traditional schooling practices. Qualitative Studies in Education, 9 (1) 17-34.

Boaler, J. (1994) When do girls prefer football to fashion? An analysis of female under achievement in relation to realistic mathematics contexts. British Educational Research Journal, 20 (5), 551- 564.

Boaler, J. (1993) Encouraging the Transfer of ‘School’ Mathematics to the ‘Real World’ through the Integration of Process and Content, Context and Culture. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 25, 341 - 373.

Boaler, J. (1993) The Role of Contexts in the Mathematics Classroom: do they make mathematics more real? For the learning of Mathematics, 13 (2) 12 - 17.