Kirshner has been on faculty at LSU since 1987. His current professional service includes membership on the editorial boards of Mathematical Thinking and Learning, and Journal of the Korea Society of Mathematical Education, and on the Advisory Board of the James J. Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. He also serves as a Co-director of the Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Mathematical, Engineering, and Technological Literacy at LSU. In past years, he has chaired the Editorial Panel of the Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, and served as President of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Kirshner's interests concern the psychology of learning. Studies he has conducted in mathematics education explore the development of algebra symbol skills, and inculcation of explicit mathematical reasoning in algebra through use of a Lexical Support System. His crossdisciplinary approach addresses the problematic of a multi-paradigmatic science of psychology. Rather than align Education with a single theory of learning, or else try to forge a synthesis across paradigms that Psychology itself has not yet accomplished, his work with teachers focuses on the discrete genres of teaching that collectively address the valued learning goals of education.
Kirshner, D., Lerman, S., & Ricks, T. E. (2010). What does network theory contribute to theorization of mathematics teaching? A response to Mowat & Davis' pedagogical proposals. Complicity, 7(1), 43-51.
Kirshner, D., & Kellogg, D. (2009). Lev Vygotsky as muse to complex learning/teaching: A response to Ton Jörg’s programmatic view. Complicity, 6(1), 45-55.
"Genres of Teaching." Paper presented at the Division 15 pre-Conference on the Teaching of Educational Psychology, American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, August 5, 2009.
Selected Grants/Funded Projects
LSU Proposal #36457: NSF-EPS-1047309 "Exploring a Louisiana Academy of NSF CAREER Awardees, LANCA." $240,739 to host a meeting leading to creation of a Louisiana Academy of NSF Career Awardees. PI: Randy Duran, co-PIs: Brian Mitchell (Tulane), David Kirshner, Gary Talarchek, Michelle Claville (Southern), September 1 , 2010 to August 31, 2012. Funded.
LSU Proposal # 16980-7: NSF-0850334 (Robert Noyce Scholarship Program -- 03-544 Supplemental Grant), “Robert Noyce Fellowships at LSU” 2009-2013. $99,960 to provide salary supplements of $10000/yr for 4 years to two Holmes program graduates as a way to promote retention of the teachers in the teaching profession. PI David Kirshner; co-PIs Frank Cartledge, Frank Neubrander; James Madden, Bill Wischusen. Approved for funding 9/08.
LSU Proposal # 34667: NSF-0833329 (Robert Noyce Scholarship Program -- 03-544), "Robert Noyce Scholarships at LSU: Phase II" 2009-2014. $600,000 to provide scholarships and a summer research experience for students in the secondary teacher education program at LSU. PI: Jayne Fleener. co-PIs: David Kirshner, Frank Neubrander, Kristin Gansle, Brenda Nixon. Approved 9/24/2009.