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Dr Rachel Restani Ph.D., M.A., B.A.

Postdoctoral Fellow - Developing Mathematical Inquiry Communities

Institute of Education

Rachel Restani is a postdoctoral research fellow at Massey University, New Zealand. Rachel has been part of the Developing Mathematics Inquiry Communities (DMIC) project since autumn 2018. Prior to her recent move to New Zealand, Rachel spent several years teaching high school mathematics in racially and socioeconomically diverse communities in California. Her experience teaching marginalized mathematics learners caused her to return to graduate school to pursue her Ph.D. in mathematics education. In her action research dissertation, she examined the ways underserved students were empowered to use their voices in the Integrated Mathematics 1 classroom where she was the teacher on record. Rachel actively participates in mathematics education conferences and workshops where social justice practices are discussed and strengthened. She currently analyses the opportunities maths students and teachers have to develop their identities as learners and doers of mathematics through the DMIC project.

Rachel’s areas of expertise in her role as a postdoctoral fellow include:

- Data collection and analysis for DMIC research projects

- Leading mentor planning meetings

- Teaching postgraduate students

Her research interests include: mathematics discussions; inquiry-based learning; student identity; professional learning communities; equity and inclusion

Rachel Restani is a postdoctoral fellow at Massey University, New Zealand. Previously, Rachel taught high school mathematics in rural and urban communities in California. In her dissertation, she examined the ways high school maths students participated in whole class discussions. Rachel currently analyses the opportunities students have to develop their identities as learners and doers of mathematics through the DMIC project.

Rachel’s areas of expertise in her role as a postdoctoral fellow include:

- Data collection and analysis for DMIC research projects

- Leading mentor planning meetings

- Teaching postgraduate students

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Professional

Contact details

  • Location: Atrium Building
    Campus: Massey University at Auckland (Albany)

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Education - University of California, Davis (2018)
  • Master of Arts, Education - University of California, Santa Cruz (2007)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics - University of California, Santa Cruz (2006)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

mathematics discussions; action research; inquiry-based learning; student identity; professional learning communities; equity, inclusion and accessibility

Research Opportunities

  • Graduate Student Researcher - ISTAR  (03/07/2012) Innovations in STEM Teaching, Achievement and Research. Professional development program for k-12 science and mathematics teachers to interpret the new common core practices and their implications.
  • Graduate Student Researcher - Alliance  (01/08/2012) Professional development program that fostered Year K-6 teachers’ understandings of students’ mathematical abilities.

Thematics

21st Century Citizenship

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Education (130000): Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)

Keywords

mathematics discussions;  action research; inquiry-based learning; student identity; professional learning communities; equity and inclusion

Research Outputs

Journal

Banes, LC., Ambrose, RC., Bayley, R., Restani, RM., & Martin, HA. (2018). Mathematical Classroom Discussion as an Equitable Practice: Effects on Elementary English Learners’ Performance. Journal of Language, Identity and Education.
[Journal article]Authored by: Restani, R.

Consultancy and Languages

Languages

  • English
    Last used: Current
    Spoken ability: Excellent
    Written ability: Excellent
  • Spanish
    Last used: 2018
    Spoken ability: Average
    Written ability: Needs work

Supervision and Teaching

Teaching

2014-2018 Associate Instructor for EDU 324A – Methods and Technology in Secondary Mathematics I. Introduction to methods and curriculum for teaching mathematics at the secondary level.

2007-2012, 2015/2016 High School Mathematics Teacher. Integrated Mathematics 1; Precalculus; Algebra 2; Geometry; Algebra 1; Algebra Support

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