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Research and Writing in the Field of Mathematics Education

Professor Emeritus: Gila Hanna

Photograph of University of Toronto Professor Emeritus Dr. Gila HannaGila Hanna is Professor Emeritus in the department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL). Prior to joining CTL, she was a faculty member in the graduate department of Measurement, Evaluation and Computer Applications (MECA) where she taught several courses in statistics and in structural equation modelling as well as courses in mathematics education and in the use of technology in mathematics education.

Her primary research interests are the role of proof and truth in mathematics and mathematics education, and gender issues in mathematics teaching and learning. She has been President of the International Organisation of Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME), Vice-Chair of the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group (CMESG), and has served on a number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) adjudication committees and on the scientific program committees of several international conferences on mathematics education. From 1989 to 2000 she was Co-Editor of the international journal Educational Studies in Mathematics and is now one of its Advisory Editors. From 2000 to 2007 she was Co-Founder and Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education.

She has published extensively on proof and other aspects of mathematics education, and has delivered guest lectures at several universities as well as numerous invited plenary presentations at international conferences on mathematics education. She is currently actively engaged in mathematics education research. Her most recent research projects, funded by SSHRC, are: Teaching mathematical methods through proof (2010-2014), and Proof and reasoning styles in mathematics (2004-2009). Recently, she has co-edited two books on the topic of proof in mathematics education: Hanna, G., Jahnke, H. N., & Pulte, H. (Eds.). (2009). Explanation and proof: Philosophical and educational perspectives. New York: Springer, and Hanna, G., & de Villiers, M. (Eds.). (2012). Proof and proving in mathematics education: The 19th ICMI Study. New York: Springer.

In May 2009, she co-chaired an international conference on proof and proving in mathematics education, sponsored by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI), which was held in Taipei, Taiwan. She teaches a course on theories of mathematics education and also advises doctoral students at OISE and universities abroad.

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