Dr Igor' Kontorovich

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Senior Lecturer

Biography

BSc, MSc, PhD: The Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Postdoc: Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Research | Current

  • Mathematics education in university and secondary school
  • Learning and teaching of threshold concepts and processes in mathematics
  • Mathematicians' research and teaching practices
  • Communication in online mathematical forums
  • Creativity and giftedness in mathematics
  • Theories of learning with a special interest in discursive and socio-cultural approaches

Postgraduate supervision

Topics on offer

  • Mathematics education in university and secondary school
  • Learning and teaching of threshold concepts and processes in mathematics
  • Mathematicians' research and teaching practices
  • Communication in online mathematical forums
  • Creativity and giftedness in mathematics

Former Research Students

Doctorate

  • "How primary school students' arguments develop: Taking initial steps in a deductive discourse", Joanne Isabelle Knox
  • "Exploring mechanisms by which student-invented algorithms in mathematics emerge", John Griffith Tupouniua

Masters

  • "How are low-decile south Auckland schools doing at the Auckland Mathex Competition?", Katalina Uafa Ma
  • "Students raise issues with proving through script-writing", Nicole Liu
  • "Investigating student narratives on gradient in a group calculus task", Rowan Herbert
  • "Exploring students' identities through routines of encapsulation: A case study on characteristics of narrative about struggle in mathematics", Sze Looi Chin

Distinctions/Honours

2021: International Exchanges Scheme, The Royal Society (UK)

Mar 2021: Panelist at the Mathematics Education Forum, The Fields Institute

Feb 2021: Keynote Lecturer at the 9th Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education

Jan 2021: Keynote Lecturer at the Online Symposium on Mathematics Education for Gifted Students, the University of Hamburg

2021: Academic Exchange Fellowship (Ulam Programme), Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (Narodowa Agencja Wymiany Akademickiej)

Since 2019: Member of Editorial Board of the Journal of Mathematical Behavior

2019: Internationalisation Faculty Mobility Scheme (Inbound), The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dec 2018: Plenary Lecturer at the Annual Colloquium of the NZ Mathematics Society

Jun 2014: Keynote Speaker at the Education Symposium at Achva Academic College (Israel)

 

Responsibilities

Faculty of Science representative at the Board of Foundation Studies

Mathematics Department champion for capstone courses at the Faculty of Science

Areas of expertise

University and secondary mathematics education

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kontorovich, I. (2020). Problem-posing triggers or where do mathematics competition problems come from?. EDUCATIONAL STUDIES IN MATHEMATICS10.1007/s10649-020-09964-1
  • Kontorovich, I. (2020). One mathematician’s epistemology of proof and its implications for her comments and marks on students’ proofs. Paper presented at 23rd Annual Conference on Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/52712
  • Andra, C., Brunetto, D., & Kontorovich, I. (2020). Designing mathematics hybrid classrooms: The case of Valeria. In J. P. Howard, J. F. Beyers (Eds.) Teaching and Learning Mathematics Online (pp. ). New York, NY: Routledge. 10.1201/9781351245586-4
  • Chiara, A., Brunetto, D., & Kontorovich, I. (2020). Designing mathematics hybrid classrooms in high school: The cases of Nicoletta and Lorenza. In J. P. Howard, J. F. Beyers (Eds.) Teaching and Learning Mathematics Online (pp. ). New York, NY: Routledge. 10.1201/9781351245586-5
  • Moala, J. G., Yoon, C., & Kontorovich, I. (2019). Localized considerations and patching: Accounting for persistent attributes of an algorithm on a contextualized graph theory task. JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL BEHAVIOR, 5510.1016/j.jmathb.2019.04.003
  • Kontorovich, I. (2019). Why do students not check their solutions to mathematical problems? A field-based hypothesis on epistemological status. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL EDUCATION IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, 50 (7), 1050-1062. 10.1080/0020739X.2019.1650304
  • Kontorovich, I. (2019). Non-examples of problem answers in mathematics with particular reference to linear algebra. JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICAL BEHAVIOR, 5410.1016/j.jmathb.2019.01.001
  • Kontorovich, I. (2019). What can be ‘annoying’ about mathematical conventions? Analyzing post-exchanges of mathematically competent discursants. Paper presented at Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education.

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Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 1, Room 157
38 PRINCES ST
AUCKLAND CENTRAL
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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