I’ve come to CIE as a doctoral student from the Holy Land - Palestine, one of 24 participants in the Palestinian Faculty Development Program which brings university faculty to study in doctoral programs in the U.S


I took my first degree in Math, and my Masters in Math Education. I worked for 7 years in Ministry of Education and Higher Education. During my work I served as a coordinator for National Teams whose mission was to conduct National Achievement Tests in Mathematics. I also was the National Research Coordinator for TIMSS 2003 study in Palestine (Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study). All these studies indicate that the level of Palestinian students achievement in Math is low in comparable with other students on regional or international levels. Also, last year I worked as a teacher in Education Department in Birzeit University, one of our Palestinian Universities. The students in one of my classes were either going to be Math teachers or already were Math teachers. One of the difficulties that I faced was to convince them about the importance of the teaching method that they used in teaching in improving students’ capabilities even in poor physical contexts like ours.


I’m interested in learning from the experience of other countries in Education in general and in Math Education in particular. I hope to have experiences that will show me how to improve student achievement and attitudes toward Mathematics through Teacher Education.


Finally, I’m sure that I will have many useful experiences while I’m here in CIE, and I consider myself lucky since I have the opportunity to meet all these wonderful people: Faculty, staff & students.


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