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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Rina Cohen
Associate Professor Emerita

phone: (416) 978-0136
email: rina.cohen@utoronto.ca  

Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education


Research Overview

Dr. Rina Cohen is an Associate Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning and the Centre for Science, Mathematics & Technology Education. Her research interests focus on mathematics education, holistic education, overcoming mathematics anxiety, rebuilding math knowledge and holistic curriculum approaches in the math classroom.

Dr. Cohen has seen her work on math education and anxiety published in books and refereed journals, has served on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal for Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, and is an OISE representative to the Mathematics Forum of the Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences.



Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Rina_Cohen_CV.pdf

Academic History

Ph.D. University of Ottawa, Department of Mathematics, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Specialization: Theory of Computation. 1968
M.Sc. Technion - I.I.T., Graduate School, Department of Mathematics, Haifa, Israel. 1966.
B.Sc Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Department of Mathematics, Haifa, Israel. 1964


Teaching Overview

Dr. Cohen has taught the following courses at the Graduate level:

• CTL 1116H: Holistic Education approaches in the Elementary Math Curriculum. (2005-2010)
• CTL 1119F/EDU 5146: Gaining Confidence in Mathematics: A Holistic Approach to Reconstructing Math Knowledge and Overcoming Anxiety. (2006-2010)
• CTL 1799H: Gaining Confidence in Mathematics: A Holistic Approach to Reconstructing Math Knowledge and Overcoming Anxiety. (2003-2006)
• CTL 1213H: Teacher Research in Elementary Mathematics Education (2003-2006)
• CTL 1116F: Holistic approaches in the Elementary Math Curriculum. (2003-2005)

Representative Publications

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Cohen, R. Journal writing in Mathematics Education: Communicating the Affective Dimensions of Mathematics Learning. In Holistic Learning and Spirituality in education: Breaking New Ground., Miller, J.P. et.al. Eds. SUNY Press. P. 145-153; 2005. 

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

Cohen, R. Constance Kamii's Research and Recent Math Reforms. Canadian Journal for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education. Vol. 1/3, p. 365-368.

PAPERS IN REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Cohen, R. & P. Leung. Math-Anxious Elementary Teachers' Change Processes in a Graduate Course Aimed at Building Math Confidence and Reducing Anxiety. In McDougall & Ross, Editors: Proceedings of the 26-th Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Oct. 2004; p. 1079-1086.

Cohen, R. and Karen Green. Upper Elementary Teachers' Mathematics Related Anxieties and Their Effects on Their Teaching. Proceedings of the 26-th Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME26), Norwich, July, 2003, p. 2-265 - 2-272.

Professional Activities

Dr. Cohen has been involved in the following activiti

• March 28, 2009. Invited Presentation in Fields Mathematic Education Forum Meeting, Toronto, Presentation on Primary Teachers’ Attitudes toward Mathematics and Mathematics Teaching, as part of the panel on Early Numeracy.
• December 2004 – March 2006: Served on the Selection Panel for the Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS) Board.
• Sept. 2000 – January 2006: Served on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal for Research in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.
• 2001-2009: An OISE/UT representative in the Mathematics Education Forum of the Fields Institute for Mathematical Sciences in U. of T.