Nathalie Sinclair

Canada Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning

Tier 2 - 2011-06-01
Renewed: 2016-06-01
Simon Fraser University
Social Sciences and Humanities


Research involves

Using computer-based learning to change the way children are taught and learn about mathematics.

Research relevance

This research will improved policy on the use of technology to teach mathematics in schools and will ultimately lead to improved math skills among children.

Improving the Numbers in Mathematics Learning

A solid knowledge of geometry is needed to understand mathematics and science. Despite this importance, mathematics taught in school focuses more on algebra and math skills for everyday life. As a result, children are frequently performing poorly in school geometry. What has gone wrong and are there more effective ways to teach geometry to children?

Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, Canada Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning, is bringing her passion for mathematics to her research on improving math learning experiences. She is tapping into young children’s natural abilities in spatial reasoning to find ways to engage and motivate them to learn through physical activities and visual perspective exercises.

Sinclair is also examining how computer-based learning can increase children’s mathematical sophistication at different ages. Emerging technologies are making at possible for younger grade levels than previously possible to interact with potent mathematical concepts.

Sinclair’s insights into how children learn mathematics will help inform Canadian policy-making on technology use in classrooms and have an impact on how math is taught and learned in Canadian primary schools.

More importantly, Sinclair’s research will help ensure Canadians have the mathematical skills essential for success in the global economy.