Marta Kobiela

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Graduate Program Director - PhD Studies

 

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 

Area of expertise: 
  • Mathematics learning and teaching, especially geometry and spatial mathematics
  • Supporting the co-development of disciplinary and professional knowledge and practice
  • Teacher education and teacher educator practice and learning
Current research: 

My research focuses broadly on the design of learning environments that support learners to develop practice in coordination with knowledge, particularly within mathematics. Recent scholarship and policy in education have highlighted that learning must go beyond focusing only on knowledge to include the forms of activity that are core to the discipline or profession being learned. Yet, too often research investigates either knowledge or practice, without consideration of how the two are learned in coordination. My research attends to this need.

In one line of work, I am interested in how to develop students’ reasoning in ways that foster their participation in disciplinary practices, particularly in mathematics. 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.

In another line of work, I investigate how to support the development of pre-service teachers, teachers, and pedagogical coaches in engaging in the professional practices of teaching and coaching, in the context of mathematics education. When investigating these professional practices, I am particularly interested in how professionals’ choices in enacting practice are mediated by specific mathematical content. I am currently engaged in four research projects within this line of work (see below).

Projects: 

I am currently involved in four research projects:


Collaborating for Success: Practice-based Learning Communities for Improvement in Secondary Mathematics Teaching


Funding: Ministère de l'Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur du Québec

Research Team: Marta Kobiela (PI), Kara Jackson (Co-PI), Annie Savard, Terry Lin, Scosha Merovitz, Vandana Chandrasekhar, Hailey Iacono, Saba Din, Cheryl Cantin


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                              


Funding: Internal McGill Development Grant

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


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

 

 

 

 

Selected publications: 

Kobiela, M., Jackson, K. J., Shahan, E., & Savard, A. (accepted, in press). Sorting to develop definitional reasoning. Teaching Children Mathematics.

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., 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.