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Xue Han


Assistant Professor
Elementary and middle school mathematics education

Programs/Classes Taught:

ELE 300 Practicum 1
MHE 480B Methods for Teaching Elementary Schools Mathematics

Areas of Expertise:

Elementary and Middle School Mathematics education
Teacher learning and professional development
Comparative and international Education


Dr. Han is currently an Assistant Professor in the National College of Education at National Louis University. Before joining the faculty of National Louis University, she was a faculty at the University of New Mexico and Dominican University, teaching courses in elementary and middle school mathematics teaching methods, educational research, action research, student teaching seminars and instructional strategies. She has done extensive research on mathematics teacher learning and professional development, elementary and middle school mathematics instruction, and comparative and international education. Dr. Han had worked on several research and development projects funded by the states and universities to support local elementary and middle school teachers for improvement of instruction and student learning. 


Ph.D. Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy, Michigan State University
M.A. Comparative and International Education, Beijing Normal University
B.A.  Education, Beijing Normal University

Research and Interests:

Dr. Han has expertise and research interests in mathematics teacher learning and professional development, mathematics instruction at elementary and middle school levels, and comparative and international education. Recently, she has examined Lesson Study in China and the U.S. as an effective approach to educate and develop mathematics teachers.

Selected Publications:

Han, X., & Gong, Z. (2016). Teaching division of fractions from pedagogy of variations. In Huang, R. & Li, Y. (Eds.), Teaching and Learning Mathematics through Variations. Sense Publishers.      

Huang, R., Gong, Z., & Han, X. (2015). Implementing mathematics teaching that promotes students’ understanding through theory-driven lesson study. ZDM-The International Journal on Mathematics Education, 48(3), 1-15.

Han, X., & Li, Y. (2015). Professional development of mathematics teachers in the US. In Li, Y. & Li, S. (Eds.), Curriculum, teachers, and classroom: Comparative studies on the mathematics curriculum reforms in China and the US (pp.116-130). Beijing, China: Beijing Normal University Press. 

Huang, R., & Han, X. (2015). Improving teaching and enhancing teachers’ growth through parallel lessons development: A Chinese approach. International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies, 4(2), 100-117. 

Tong, L., Yang, J., Han, X., & Velasquez, L. (2014). The card game 24 and its application to math education. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 45(4), 624-633. 

Han, X. (2013). Improving classroom instruction with apprenticeship practices and public lesson development as contexts. In Li, Y. & Huang, R. (Eds.), How Chinese teach mathematics and improve teaching (pp.171-185). New York: Routledge. 

Han, X. (2012). Big moves to improve the quality of teacher education in China. On the Horizon, 20(4), 324-335.  

Han, X., & Wang, H. (2010). Mathematics teachers’ learning opportunities in the curriculum reform of China. Research in Comparative and International Education, 5(4), 421-433. 

Han, X., & Paine, L. (2010). Teaching mathematics as deliberate practice through public lessons. Elementary School Journal, 110 (4), 519-541. 

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