I began my career as a high-school Mathematics teacher in Vancouver, Canada upon completing a BA in Mathematics (First Class Honours) and BEd in Secondary Mathematics Education at the The University of British Columbia, where I also obtained a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. My passion towards mathematics education continued to motivate me to further my studies in this area. In 2016, I earned a PhD in Mathematics Education at Simon Fraser University and later served briefly as a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at University of Calgary. Currently, I serve as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2018, I have been serving as Deputy Programme Coordinator for the Bachelor of Education in Mathematics and Mathematics Education (BMED) Programme. I serve as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Mathematical Behavior (Elsevier), Journal of Educational Computing Research (Sage), and Digital Experience in Mathematics Education (Springer).
My research interests cover three areas of local and global significance: technology innovations in mathematics classrooms, language and mathematics discourse, and constructionist learning for integrated STEM education. It is informed by previous scholarship on the interaction between technological and mathematical evolution, and by research on new ways of doing, communicating, and representing mathematics as afforded by technology innovations. In particular, I am interested in examining mathematics classroom discourse as situated in technologically-enhanced learning environments. As shown in my research, this type of discourse is often rich in a multimodal sense, involving both verbal and non-verbal communication, such as gestures. My RGC-funded research contributes towards advancing a Papert-inspired conception of “learning as making” in technology-enhanced mathematics classrooms. It explores the new opportunities entailed by engaging learners in constructionist practices with emergent technologies (3D printing, programmable electronics, etc):
- Principal Investigator (2019-Present). The Effects of Implementing a ‘Learning as Making’ Pedagogy on School Mathematics Learning: Primary Students’ Inquiry-based Making with 3D Printing Pens. Funded by Research Grant Council (Hong Kong), Early Career Scheme ($499,381 HKD).
- Principal Investigator (2020-present). Mathematical Problem Solving through Digital Making: Envisioning a Computationally Enhanced Mathematics Curriculum in Hong Kong’s Primary and Secondary Schools. Funded by the Research Grants Council (Hong Kong), General Research Fund ($638,908 HKD).
See my research grants record here.
See my publications and conference presentations record here.
Awards and Fellowships
- Best Presentation Award (2019) – International Conference on Advances in STEM Education 2019. [Presentation title: Developing computational thinking and mathematical problem solving through digital Making.]
- Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2016) – University of Calgary
- Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Doctoral Fellowship (2014-2016) – Simon Fraser University
- Graduate Fellowship (2012-2014) – Simon Fraser University
- Minor Travel and Research Award (2013) – Simon Fraser University
- Craig Newell Memorial Mathematics Education Scholarship (2013) – Simon Fraser University
- Chan Tat Chee Memorial Education Abroad Scholarship (2003) – University of British Columbia
- Dean’s List (2001) – University of British Columbia