Daniel Ness

Professor
PhD, Departments of Human Development and Mathematics, Science, & Technology; Specialization in Developmental Psychology and Mathematical Thinking, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesMPhil, Departments of Human Development and Mathematics, Science, & Technology, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesMS, Departments of Human Development and Mathematics, Science, & Technology, Columbia University, Teachers CollegeMA, Departments of Human Development and Mathematics, Science, & Technology, Columbia University, Teachers CollegeMA, Musicology, Department of Music, Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesBA, Music and Mathematics, State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany
Daniel Ness holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; an M.S. and M.A. from Columbia University, Teachers College; an M.A. from Columbia University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; and a B.A. from SUNY at Albany. He is Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Ness specializes in spatial development and cognition in STEM curriculum from birth through adolescence. He has taught courses in human development, developmental and cognitive psychology, mathematics, natural sciences, and mathematics and science pedagogical content. He has also developed assessment techniques for diagnosing mathematical and scientific thinking. In addition, Dr. Ness has authored numerous articles on the development of mathematical thinking and spatial and geometric thinking from birth through adolescence. His book, Spatial Intelligence: Why It Matters from Birth through the Lifespan (Routledge) was published in 2017, and his edited book, Alternatives to Privatizing Public Education and Curriculum, has been awarded the 2018 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. Dr. Ness's most recent book project examines the efficacy of what he refers to as visuo-constructive play objects (VCPOs), which include, but are not limited to, play blocks, bricks (e.g., LEGOs), planks, and other constructive play materials.

Teaching Interests

Human Development; Cognition; Development of Mathematical Thinking; Mathematics Methods; Spatial Cognition as a Cross-cutting Concept in All Academic Domains

Research Interests

Development of Spatial Thinking, Emergent Engineering Concepts, and Architectural Principles in the Everyday Context; Spatial Cognition; Affordances of Constructive Play Objects

Courses Taught

EDU
ROME
EDUCATION: ROME CAMPUS
EDU
101
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION
EDU
1002
LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT - ADOL
EDU
1006
METHODS OF TEACHING MATH
EDU
1007
METHODS OF TEACHING SCIENCE
EDU
1021I
R.I.S.E INTERN/CHILDHOOD EDU
EDU
1021R
R.I.S.E RESIDENT/CHILDHOOD EDU
EDU
1021
STU TEACH&SMNR/CHILDHOOD ED
EDU
1022
STU TEACH&SEMINAR/ADOLESCENCE
EDU
1023
STU TEACH & SMR/CHLDHD SP ED
EDU
1030
INDEPENDENT STUDY
EDU
1066
MATH CONTENT FOR ELM SCH TCHRS
EDU
1093
INNOV STRAT SEC SET: MATH
EDU
2000T
INTRODUCTION TO TEACHING
EDU
7114
EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOC TEACHING
EDU
7114I
EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOC TEACHING
EDU
7115I
CHILDHOOD EDU ASSOC TEACHING
EDU
7115
CHILDHOOD EDU ASSOC TEACHING
EDU
7117I
ASSOCIATE TEACH: ADOLESCENCE
EDU
7117
ASSOCIATE TEACH: ADOLESCENCE
EDU
7137
CUR TRENDS/RES/ASSMT TEACH MTH
EDU
7292
INNOV STRAT SEC SET: SCIENCE
EDU
7293
INNOV STRAT SEC SET: MATH
EDU
7299T
MATH CONTENT & BEST PRACTICES
EDU
7399T
PLANNING/INSTRUCTING/ASSESSING
EDU
7585
CAPSTONE: ASSESSMENT/ LEARNING
EDU
7891
INDEPENDENT STUDY - CURR & INS
EDU
8004
VISIONS OF RESEARCH
EDU
8009
CRIT & HIST PERS W/ED & ED RES

Select Publications

Journal Articles

Ness, D., Farenga, S. J., Shah, V., and Garofalo, S. G. (2016). Repositioning science reform efforts: Four practical recommendations from the field. Improving Schools. vol. 19, pp. 258-266.

Farenga, S. J., Ness, D., and Sawyer, R. D. (2015). Avoiding Equivalence by Leveling: Challenging the Consensus-Driven Curriculum that Defines Students as ‘Average’. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing. vol. 30, pp. 8-27.

Farenga, S. J., Ness, D., and Hutchinson, M. (2015). Discussion of Animal Stem Cells in the Classroom. The American Biology Teacher. vol. 77, pp. 405-412.

Books

Ness, D., Farenga, S. J., and Garofalo, S. G. (2017). Spatial Intelligence: Why It Matters from Birth through the Lifespan. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis.

(2017). Alternatives to Privatizing Public Education and Curriculum: Conversations in Honor of Dale D. Johnson. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis.

Johnson, D. D., Johnson, B., Farenga, S. J., and Ness, D. (2005). Trivializing Teacher Education: The Accreditation Squeeze. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 248.

Farenga, S. J., and Ness, D. (2005). Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis.

Others

Ness, D. (2013). International education: An encyclopedia of contemporary issues and systems. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis. pp. 901.