Sinan Kanbir

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Illinois State University, Math Education. 

Sinan Kanbir received his Ph.D. from Illinois State University in mathematics education. He received a master's degree in computer and educational technology and his bachelor's degree in mathematics education. Prior to his appointment at UW-Stevens Point, he spent several years teaching math at the middle and high school levels, and university level courses for prospective middle and elementary school teachers.

At UWSP, he teaches elementary and middle school mathematics preservice teacher courses. His main research interests include the development of students' and teachers' algebraic reasoning, particularly in the elementary and middle grades, and the development of pre-service teachers’ and in –service teachers’ mathematical knowledge for teaching. He is also an ambassador for the Global Math Project which aims to engage students and teachers around the world in thinking and talking about mathematics.


Recent Publications 

Kanbir, S., Clements, K., Ellerton, N. (in press, 2017). Using design research and history to tackle a fundamental problem with school algebra. Dordrecht, the Netherlands:Springer.

Kanbir, S. Gogoel, K., Clements, K., Ellerton, N. (2018). Title: Order of operation the importance of fostering holistic thinking. Vinculum

Ellerton, N. F., Kanbir, S., & Clements, M. A. (2017). Historical perspectives on the purposes of school algebra. In A. Downton, S. Livy & J. Hall (Eds.), 40 years on: We are still learning: Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (pp. 221–228).  Melbourne, Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.

Kanbir, S. (2016). Major curriculum reforms and controversies in the United States. International Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics, 3(1), 1–8.

Recent Presentations 

Ellerton, N. F., Kanbir, S., & Clements, M. A. (2017). Historical perspectives on the purposes of school algebra. In A. Downton, S. Livy & J. Hall (Eds.), 40 years on: We are still learning: Proceedings of the 40th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia  (pp. 221–228).  Melbourne, Australia: Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia.

Sahin,N. & Kanbir, S.( 2018,February).Examining Pre-service Teachers’ Development of Numerical Reasoning. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Research Council for Mathematics Learning Conference , Baton Rouge, LA.

Kanbir, S. (2016, April 12). Three different approaches to middle-school algebra: Results of a pilot study. Paper presented at the 2016 Research Conference of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, held in San Francisco, CA.






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