We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Alayne Armstrong to the Faculty of Education. Dr. Armstrong completed her PhD in 2013 from the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia, where she was a SSHRC Doctoral Scholar. Her Masters and Bachelors of Education were also obtained from UBC. Dr. Armstrong has additional degrees from the University of Manitoba and the Queen’s University along wtih 18 years of teaching experience in the K-12 public school system and extensive experience in post-secondary teacher education. Dr. Armstrong has disseminated her research in mathematics education through journal publications, book chapters, and at national and international conferences. Her doctoral dissertation described the discourse of small groups of grade 8 students and used the concept of authority to posit these groups being the ‘authors’ of their own mathematical storylines as they participated in mathematical tasks. More recently, Dr. Armstrong is researching how learning disabled students have been able to independently adapt in mathematics contexts through the use of technology. The research advocates moving beyond a traditional approach to technology use which privileges abstract and formalized thinking. Her work will undoubtedly make important contributions to the Mathematics Education subject area and the Faculty as a whole.
Her appointment begins July 1, and we look forward to welcoming her to the Faculty, the University, the city and the province.