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University of Windsor
Dragana Martinovic is a Professor of Mathematics Education at University of Windsor, where she leads the Human Development Technologies Research Group. Dragana is a Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences and a Co-Director of the newly organized Fields Centre for Mathematics Education. She is a recipient of the Excellence in Mentoring Award at University of Windsor. In her research Dragana explores ways in which technology can improve teaching and learning outcomes, and the digital literacy skills needed for a successful learner and worker of the 21st century. She is dedicated to supporting teacher-led research and providing opportunities for all involved in education to collaboratively work towards increasing student engagement, success, and love for learning.
Dragana currently co-chairs several knowledge mobilization networks: the School Board University Research Exchange (SURE) network and the Fields Cognitive Science Network for Empirical Study of Mathematics and How it is Learned, and is a founding and current co-editor of the Springer book series, Mathematics Education in the Digital Era, and the Fields Mathematics Education Journal. Dragana has also organized multiple knowledge mobilization events, such as international conferences related to research in mathematics education, and regional Research-to-Practice festivals and Learning Fairs, featuring teachers as researchers, and celebrating the process and the outcomes of collaborative inquiry in Ontario.
Together with Dragana, Co-directors of the Fields Cognitive Science Network, an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers, are Marcel Danesi (Anthropology, University of Toronto) and Rafael Núñez (Cognitive Science, UC San Diego). In March 2013, the network had a very successful workshop at the Fields Institute, with an excellent group of international speakers. In collaboration with Lincom EU, the network has also published three books in the series: Interdisciplinary Studies on the Nature of Mathematics .
Dragana is also the Chair of the GeoGebra Institute of Canada / Institut de GeoGebra du Canada (GIC-IGC). This national institute supports training, development and research in relation to open-access mathematics software GeoGebra. The Institute is accredited by the International GeoGebra Institute.
Since 2011, Dragana was a member of the SURE Steering Committee, a collaborative initiative designed to bridge research and practice in the London region of the Ontario Ministry of Education. In 2013, she was elected as a Vice Chair and in 2014 as a Chair of SURE network. SURE is funded through the London Region Managing Information for Student Achievement (MISA) Professional Network Centre (PNC) and is led by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from the sixteen district school boards and five provincially - funded universities with faculties of education.
Dragana has chaired and co-chaired various international conferences, such as the First North American conference on GeoGebra, GeoGebra-NA 2010 (Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY), The Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME/AOEM) Annual Conference at University of Windsor in 2011, the Second North-American GeoGebra conference, GeoGebra-NA2011 (Toronto, June 17-18, 2011) and GeoGebra-NA-2014 (Toronto, 21-22 November, 2014 ) .
From 2006-2013, together with Frank DiPietro from the Windsor-Essex Catholic District School Board, Dragana co-chaired the Windsor-Essex Mathematics Olympiad (WEMO) for Grades 7-8. This annual event was hosted by the Faculty of Education of the University of Windsor and sustained by a team of dedicated grade teachers, math educators, mathematicians and teacher candidates from Dragana's classes. Over the years, the WEMO received support from the Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Canadian Mathematics Society, Windsor Essex Catholic DSB and Greater Essex County DSB.
Dragana is working on national and international research projects. Her current and recent projects include:
- Ministry of Education (Special Project). Partners in practice: Collaborative inquiry for building capacity in research, teaching and evaluation. (PI, 2016)
- RSFG. Using collaborative inquiry to build research capacity of Teacher Candidates (PI, 2015)
- The Fields Institute General Scientific Activity. The GeoGebra conference (GeoGebra-NA 2014) (PI, 2014, completed).
- SSHRC Connection Grant. Partners in research: Building capacity for 21st century learning with teachers and B.Ed. students (PI, 2014).
- Demand for Skills & Supply and Development of Skills for the Future Canadian Labour Market (supported by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC, 2013, completed)
- Improving Cognitive Processing by Playing Computer Games (supported by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC, 2012, completed)
- Teacher Access to and Utilization of Applied Education Research (supported by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC, 2012, completed)
- Using Video Games to Identify and Improve Cognition in School-aged Children (supported by the Ontario Brain Institute and Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, 2012, completed)
- Providing Math Assistance Online: Assessment of Student Learning (supported by Center for Teaching and Learning - CTL, 2011)
- Putting Theory into Practice: Finding Paths to Students’ Engagement and Equity (supported by The Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research - KNAER and internal funding, 2011, completed)
- Child and Youth Development Beyond Age 6 - Transitions to Digitally Literate Adults (supported by Ministry of Children and Youth Services, 2010, completed)
- Patient Consent and Privacy Preferences related to Personal Health Records (supported by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, 2010, completed)
- Applying ICT in the School-University Partnerships: Supporting Teachers to Become and Act as Agents of Change (since 2006)
- Needs Assessment for Social Appropriation of ICT Library Use in Bosnia and Herzegovina (supported by International and Development Research, Education and Training - IDRET, 2008, completed)
- Collaborative Technologies as Enhancers of the First Year University Experience (supported by CTL, 2008, completed)
- Management of Electronic Information on the Internet: Comparison between Canada and UK (supported by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - SSHRC, 2008, completed)
- Teacher Candidates' Needs, Expectations of, and Attitudes toward Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Learning and Integration (longitudinal study supported by internal funding, since 2008).