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Marta Kobiela

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Graduate Program Director - PhD Studies

Associate Dean, Infrastructure

 

 

Marta Kobiela
Contact Information
Address: 

Education Room 356, 248B
(514) 398-4527 Ext. 094466

 

Email address: 
marta.kobiela [at] mcgill.ca
Department: 
Department of Integrated Studies in Education
Degree(s): 

Ph.D., Teaching & Learning (Math & Science Education), Vanderbilt University 

M.S., B.S., Mathematics, Texas A&M University 

Areas of expertise: 
  • Mathematics learning and teaching, especially geometry and spatial mathematics
  • Learning of disciplinary and professional practice
  • Teacher education and teacher educator practice and learning
  • Design-based research methodology
Current research: 

My research focuses broadly on understanding how individuals learn disciplinary and professional practices and the environments that support their learning. I am particularly interested in the learning of visual practices through interactions with materials and people.

In one line of work, I investigate how to develop students’ reasoning about disciplinary ways of thinking and “seeing” in ways that foster their participation in disciplinary practices. 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 and visualization. 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.

In another line of work, I investigate how to support the development of pre-service teachers, teachers, and teacher educators in engaging in the professional practices of teaching and facilitation, in the context of mathematics education. Part of my research in this area seeks to characterize the interactional practices that support professional learning. A second part of this research focuses on characterizing professional noticing within moments of interaction.

I am currently engaged in four research projects within this line of work (see below).

Projects: 

I am currently involved in four research projects:


Partnering to Support Cross-School Coherency: Examining Students' Transitions from Elementary to Secondary Mathematics


Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Partnership Engage Grant

Research Team: Marta Kobiela (PI), Alain Breuleux (Co-PI), Scosha Merovitz (Collaborator), Cheryl Cantin (Collaborator), Maria-Josée Bran Lopez, Emma Slobodzian


Supporting Prospective Teachers to Engage Students in Constructing and Reasoning about Mathematical Definitions


Funding: Fonds de Recherche Québec Société et Culture

Research Team: Marta Kobiela (PI), Vandana Chandrasekhar, Hailey Iacono


Examining Facilitation Practices and Professional Vision of Coaches of Prospective Teachers / Examining the Development of Facilitation Practices and Noticing of Coaches of Prospective Mathematics Teachers                             


Funding: Internal McGill Development Grant (completed); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant

Research Team: Marta Kobiela (PI), Vandana Chandrasekhar, Saba Din, Ashley Cameron


Projet ARIM: Processus de Rapprochement des Pratiques D'enseignement de Mathématiques pour Favoriser un Passage plus Harmonieux pour les Élèves lors de Transitions Scolaires


Funding: Fonds de Recherche Québec Société et Culture 

Research Team: Claudia Corriveau (PI), Izabella Oliveira (Co-PI), Alain Breuleux (Co-PI), Marta Kobiela (Co-PI), Gyeong-Mi Heo, Scosha Merovitz, Cheryl Cantin, Sophie Pinard, Stephanie Beck, Nilou Baradaran Rahmani, Chao Zhang, Azadeh Javaherpour

 

 

 

 

Selected publications: 

Kobiela, M., & Lehrer, R. (2019). Supporting dynamic conceptions of area and its measure. Mathematical Thinking and Learning. 21(3), 178-206.

Kobiela, M., Jackson, K. J., Shahan, E., & Savard, A. (2018). Sorting to develop definitional reasoning. Teaching Children Mathematics. 24(4). 250-257.

Kobiela, M., & Lehrer, R. (2015).  The codevelopment of mathematical concepts and the practice of defining. Journal of Research in Mathematics Education. 46(4), 423-454.

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Lehrer, R., Kobiela, M., & Weinberg, P. J. (2013). Cultivating inquiry about space in a middle school mathematics classroom. The International Journal on Mathematics Education (ZDM), 45(3), 365-376.

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

Selected talks and presentations: 

Kobiela, M., Iacono, H. Chandrasekhar, V., & Cho, S. (April, 2019). Orchestrating discussions about mathematical definitions: Characterizing opportunities for learning during rehearsals of teaching. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Ontario.

Kobiela, M., Chandrasekhar, V., Cameron, A., & Din, S. (April, 2019). Examining rehearsals of teaching: How interactions contribute to different opportunities for learning. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Ontario.

Lehrer, R. & Kobiela, M. (April, 2019). Supporting dynamic conceptions of multiplication. Paper presented within symposium “Multiplicative models of situations across disciplines” at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), Toronto, Ontario.

Kobiela, M., Iacono, H., Lin, T., Merovitz, S., & Chandrasekhar, V. (April, 2018). Designing to support collective understanding of facilitation practice within a video club context. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), New York, New York.

Breuleux, A., Kobiela, M., Heo, G.M., Oliveira, I., Corriveau, C., Baradaran, N., & Beck, S. (April, 2018). Listening to students: A cultural historical perspective on teacher development. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association (AERA), New York, New York.

Kobiela, M., Merovitz, S., Cantin, C., Lin, T., & Iacono, H. (August, 2017). Examining the development of collective understanding between researcher and facilitator communities through Article Unpacking. Presentation at the meeting of the International Society for Cultural-Historical Activity Theory (ISCAR), Quebec City, Quebec.

Kobiela, M., Merovitz, S., & Chandrasekhar, V. (April, 2017). Video clubs to support facilitator noticing and reflection of practice. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Lin, T., Kobiela, M., Jackson, K. (April, 2017). Developing facilitation practices for leading mathematics teacher learning communities. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Din, S., Clark, P., Lin, T., & Kobiela, M. (April, 2017). Coaching with a camera lens: Using teachers’ own classroom videos as a tool for professional learning. Presentation at the annual meeting of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), San Antonio, Texas.

Lin, T., Din, S., Clark, P., Cantin, C., & Kobiela, M. (April, 2017). Coaching coaches for the development of facilitation practices: Impactful structure, support and learning opportunities. Presentation at the annual meeting of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), San Antonio, Texas.

Kobiela, M., Savard, A., Merovitz, S., & Chandrasekhar, V. (July, 2016). Opportunities for learning in a secondary math teacher leaders in the context of a video club. Presentation at the 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education, Hamburg, Germany.

Lin, T., Jackson, K., Kobiela, M., & Parker, Z. (July, 2016). Developing facilitation practices to support secondary math teacher learning. Presentation at the 13th International Congress on Mathematics Education, Hamburg, Germany.

Lin, T., Jackson, K., Kobiela, M., & Parker, Z. (April 2016). Developing facilitation practices in a secondary math teacher learning community. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Research Conference, San Francisco, California.

Kobiela, M., Jackson, K., Lin, T., Clarke, P., Din, S., & Parker, Z. (April, 2016). Who coaches the coach? Supporting coaches in developing teachers' ambitious mathematics teaching practices. Presentation at the annual meeting of National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), San Francisco, California.

Kobiela, M., & Lehrer, R. (April 2014). Teacher practices for orchestrating discussions about mathematical definitions. Presentation at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Research Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Kobiela, M. & Lehrer, R. (June 2013). The co-development of mathematical knowledge and the practice of defining in a middle school classroom. Presentation at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society, Chicago, Illinois.

Kobiela, M. & Lehrer, R. (May 2013). Investigating the co-development of mathematical knowledge and the practice of defining in one middle school classroom. Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Francisco, California.

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