Amir was supposed to be a mathematician, but after reading Polya’s book “How to solve it” when he was an undergraduate mathematics student, he realized that he was born to be a mathematics educator! However, he needed a couple more years to find an academic track to study it professionally. He completed his BSc and MSc in pure mathematics. Meanwhile, he taught mathematics at different levels, ranging from middle school to university, always advocating students’ learning-by-doing. His interpretation of “doing mathematically” and the tasks he designed in that direction brought him a grant to study for a doctoral in Mathematics Education.
In Amir’s work, research and practice are closely related to each other. Well, his doctoral study started by devising tasks to get students to construct the standard definition of equivalence relations. But he ended with a wide-ranging and highly integrated phenomenographical analysis of conceptions of equivalence in student learning, historical development, educational research and practice. The thesis, with the bold title: Equivalence, was praised by his supervisor (David Tall) as a “highly personal Lakatos-style thesis”.
After getting his PhD, he was involved in an unimaginable diverse research and professional practice in mathematics education from preschool to university level. His research on early number learning led to a series of story books for preschool children. His research on early algebra opened a way to cultivate algebraic thinking in preschool children at pre-alphanumeric age. His phenomenographical interest turned to a foundation for student-centred teaching, practicing it in his university mathematics classes.
His reading of the history of mathematics was materialized as a series of historical comic strips in which he introduced mathematicians around the concepts or the ideas they have developed.
Off the writing and teaching, Amir has been involved in different kinds of pedagogic endeavours, from supervising master and doctoral students, to designing and delivering workshops for mathematicians, mathematics educators, and school teachers.
Amir’s journey continues and right here you can join him.