I began my career as a high-school Mathematics teacher in Vancouver, Canada. During my eleven years of service, I completed a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructions at The University of British Columbia (2006-2008), and a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education at Simon Fraser University (2011-2016). I moved to Hong Kong in 2016 to pursue my current tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
My research interests cover three areas of local and global significance: technology innovations in mathematics classrooms, linguistic diversity in mathematics education, and tool-based 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 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 doctoral research investigated the interplay among language, gestures, and touchscreen-dragging in bilingual learners’ mathematical communication when using iPad-based, dynamic geometry environments. This research has inspired me to address, more recently, areas related to multimodal communication, touchscreen technology and equity in mathematics education, as shown in my publication record. I plan to continue this line of research of exploring the impact of tool-based environments on how mathematics is learned, felt, and communicated in multilingual classroom contexts.
My recent research projects respond to SSHRC’s future challenge area in relation to the educational potential of 3D printing technology, in which I explore the integration of 3D printing, 3D scanning, and 3D computer aided design technologies for achieving STEM learning outcomes in the primary and secondary classrooms. Further, I investigate suitable learning tasks that incorporate these emergent technologies as well as teachers’ and students’ discourse change in this technological environment. Besides conducting research at the primary and secondary level, I am also collaborator of a Teaching and Learning grant for promoting active STEM learning at the university level.
I am currently extending this work by examining the effect of 3D printing and hands-on Making environment in STEM education. I am particularly interested in advancing the notion of “learning as Making”, and I hypothesise that “learning as Making” may transform mathematics learning from being characterized as linear, abstract, and paper-and-pencil dominant to multimodal, embodied, and participatory in a community of practice. I suggest that there is a need for research in understanding the role of emergent technologies and hands-on Making in 21st century education. This is a very new field that requires cross-disciplinary research, since “learning as Making”, where Making is defined as the hands-on production of artifacts that are technologically-enhanced, is not only relevant for STEM but non-STEM disciplines as well. Based on my previous work, these new learning environments may also give rise to new communication patterns and interactions with the disciplines, and it is worthwhile to further understand this phenomenon in cross-disciplinary settings.
See my previous and current research grants and details here.
See my research output and publications here.
Awards and Fellowships
- Social 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