People (over the years)
Prof. Dani Ben-ZviMy research interests focus on two important aspects of human life: statistical reasoning and technology-enhanced learning. The first refers to the kind of thinking involved in creating and evaluating data-based claims that are used ubiquitously as means of forming credible arguments and of making decisions under uncertainty. All citizens need nowadays to be able to engage in this kind of thinking processes and have basic statistical literacy and numeracy skills. It should therefore be a standard ingredient of every learner's education. The second aspect, technology, is rapidly transforming the way people communicate and collaborate, consume information and create knowledge, learn and teach. Educational technologies can mediate and facilitate thinking about complex domains – such as statistics, mathematics or science, making them more accessible to all learners.
Dr. Einat Gil
I am the Head of Teaching Innovation and a lecturer at the Levinsky College of Education. My Ph.D. (2014) focused on the long-term impact of learning on students’ Informal Inferential Reasoning. Following that, my post doctorate fellowship at the Fields Institute and at the University of Toronto focused on introducing secondary students to Big data ideas and covariational reasoning. In both studies I designed inquiry based, technology-enhanced learning environments that promote statistical reasoning which is also my research interest. Currently an emergent field of research looks at the use of simulations in pre and in-service teachers’ education and how core teaching practices could be nurtured.
Dr. Hana Manor
My primary research interests deal with students’ sampling reasoning. The ability to make data-based decisions under conditions of uncertainty is an essential skill for every citizen in a modern society. The core statistical idea of inference provides systematic tools to support the making of such decisions. My particular research interests focus on young students’ sampling reasoning while making Informal Statistical Inference in an “integrated approach” to the relations between sample and population. To do this, I am currently analyzing data on a particular technology-enhanced and inquiry based learning environment, based on the “integrated approach”.
e-mail: Hana.firstname.lastname@example.org website: Hana Manor
Dr. Keren Aridor
I hold a B.A degree in Mathematics with specialization in Computer Science, from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa), and an M.A. degree with thesis (summa cum laude) from the Mathematics Education Department, the University of Haifa.
My primary research interest is the development of students’ “aggregate view of data” using modeling in the context of informal statistical inferences and in designing pedagogical approach and methods to support this learning outcomes. I am also developing visual ways to present students’ reasoning and the many factors that are involved in this complex process.
Dr. Michal Dvir
My research theme is “Young children’s reasoning about statistical models and modeling in an exploratory data analysis setting”.
I hold an M.A. degree from the Education Technologies Graduate Program. My academic advisor is Prof. Dani Ben-Zvi. My primary research interest is the development of students’ reasoning with distribusion using modeling activities.
Yael Sharett-Amir, 2005Graduated with distinction: Gained the dean's list for graduate studies
Thesis: Sharett-Amir, Y. (2005). The Emergence of Distributional Reasoning among Second-Grade Students. University of Haifa: Faculty of Education.
Unpublished Thesis [Hebrew]. (Abstract in Hebrew).
Sivan Videnfeld, 2005
Graduated with distinction: Cum laude
Thesis: Videnfeld, S. (2005). The Development of Informal Reasoning about Distribution in a Technological Learning Environment. University of Haifa: Faculty of Education. Unpublished Thesis [Hebrew]. (Abstract in Hebrew).
Orly Segal Ben-Moshe, 2007Graduated with distinction: Summa cum laude
Thesis: Segal-Ben Moshe, O. (2007). Developing Fourth-Grade Students' Statistical Reasoning about Distribution with TinkerPlots Software. University of Haifa: Faculty of Education. Unpublished Thesis [Hebrew]. (Abstract in English).
Naomi Apel, 2008Graduated with distinction: Summa cum laude Thesis: Apel, N. (2009). The Role of Directed and Spontaneous Questions in the Development of Statistical Reasoning in Primary school. University of Haifa: Faculty of Education. Unpublished Thesis [Hebrew]. (Abstract in English).