Laura Bofferding

Laura Bofferding

Associate Professor


Dr. Laura Bofferding is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education in the Curriculum and Instruction program at Purdue University. She’s won the National Science Foundation CAREER award in the amount of $680,504 to study Leveraging Contrasting Cases to Investigate Integer Understanding, an ongoing study started in 2014. She’s also the winner of the NAEd/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the amount of $55,000, using it to study “Investigating the conceptual basis for the early introduction of negative numbers” between 2013-2015.

Laura often teaches: Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School; Teaching Mathematics to Diverse Learners; Developing as a Mathematics Researcher; Learning of Mathematics: Insights and Issues.


  • Ph.D. — Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education, Stanford University
  • M.A. — Learning, Design, and Technology in Education, Stanford University
  • B.S. — Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Research Interests

  • Pre-K and elementary students’ cognitive development and understanding of mathematics and negative numbers
  • Using games to support children’s numerical understanding
  • How teachers’ use of questioning, number talks, and students’ mathematical reasoning effect each other
  • Using assessment to inform mathematics instruction
  • Sequencing of mathematical topics

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