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Marta Kobiela

Assistant Professor

Education Room 356

(514) 398-2683

marta [dot] kobiela [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Areas of Interest:

  • Mathematics learning and teaching, especially geometry and spatial mathematics
  • Supporting the co-development of disciplinary knowledge and practice in classrooms
  • Meaningful integration of STEM disciplines to support student learning

Research Focus:

My research focuses on the design of learning environments that support students’ reasoning about disciplinary ways of thinking and their participation in disciplinary practices. In order to understand how to design and foster such environments, I focus on how disciplinary knowledge and practice co-develop within classrooms. Most recently, I investigated how a mathematical practice, defining, was established and developed in one sixth-grade classroom. I am especially drawn to contexts involving geometry and spatial mathematics because I believe they have particular material and bodily affordances for supporting students’ reasoning. Moreover, space and geometry are foundational to other STEM disciplines, so that reasoning about space makes other forms of STEM more accessible to students of all ages. Along this line, I am also interested in designing learning environments that allow for the integration of STEM disciplines in ways that are meaningful for students while staying true to disciplinary forms of engagement.

Selected Papers/Publications:

Lehrer, R., Kobiela, M., & Weinberg, P. J. (2012). Cultivating inquiry about space in a middle school mathematics classroom. The International Journal on Mathematics Education.

Bolger, M., Kobiela, M., Weinberg, P. J., & Lehrer, R. (2012). Children's mechanistic reasoning. Cognition & Instruction, 30(2), 170-206.

Selected Presentations:

Kobiela, M. & Lehrer, R. (July, 2012). Establishing a mathematical practice in a middle school classroom. Presentation at the bi-annual meeting of the International Society for the Learning Sciences, Sydney, Australia.

Kobiela, M. & Lehrer, R. (April 2012). Characterizing and supporting practices of defining in a mathematics classroom. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.

Kobiela, M., Bolger, M., Weinberg, P.J., & Rouse, R. (June 2011). Mathematization and embodiment for reasoning about mechanism within an engineering curriculum. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Berkeley, CA.

Kobiela, M. (June 2011). The role of definition in developing a mathematical system. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Berkeley, CA.

Kobiela, M., Bolger, M., Weinberg, P.J., & Lehrer, R. (August 2010). Mathematizing an engineering curriculum through embodiment. Presentation at the P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, Seaside, Oregon.

Bolger, M., Kobiela, M., Weinberg, P. & Lehrer, R. (2010). Embodied experiences within an engineering curriculum. In Gomez, K., Lyons, L., & Radinsky, J. (Eds.) Learning in the Disciplines: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2010) - Volume 1, Full Papers. International Society of the Learning Sciences: Chicago IL.

Kobiela, M. & Lehrer, R. (July 2010). The role of definition in supporting mathematical activity. Poster presented at the bi-annual meeting of the International Society for the Learning Sciences, Chicago.

Kobiela, M., Lehrer, R. & Pfaff, E. (April 2010). Students developing conceptions of area via partitioning and sweeping. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Denver.

Kim, M., & Kobiela, M. (April 2010). Supporting data modeling in classrooms. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, San Diego.

Bolger, M., Kobiela, M., Weinberg, P.J., Lehrer, R. (June 2009). Analysis of students' mechanistic reasoning about linkages and levers in the context of engineering design. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education, Austin, Texas.

Kobiela, M., Weinberg, P. J. & Lehrer, R. (April 2008). Mathematical inquiry in an urban sixth grade mathematics classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, New York.

Weinberg, P. J. & Kobiela, M. (July 2007). Fostering student motivation through a culture of inquiry: Representational practices. Presentation at the meeting of International Conference of the Teaching of Mathematical Modeling, Bloomington, Indiana. 

Lehrer, R., Kobiela, M. & Weinberg, P. J. (June 2007). Inquiring about space: Developing mathematical habits of mind. Paper presented at the meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.