Cleveland State University

Academics

The Fulbright Program

Fulbright Recipient
Roland Pourdavood, Ph.D.

Dr Roland Pourdavood
Photographer: Julie D'Amour-Léger

Professor, Teacher Education Department

r.pourdavood@csuohio.edu

South Africa

 

1. Brief description of the project

My Fulbright Lecture /Research Project in South Africa for six months can be presented in three categories: 1) collaborative teaching at university; 2) workshops in public schools; and 3) research. I taught several classes both in Intermediate and Secondary Phases with particular focus on number meaning and number relationships, geometry, nature of mathematics, algebra, and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in mathematics. Workshops included numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, cooperative learning, and use of manipulatives. I collected data for understanding and interpreting complexities of teaching and learning with a particular focus on mathematics in multicultural and multilingual contexts. I also presented the findings of the research to university and public schools communities, and submitted several papers for publication.

2. Pertinence of Fulbright experience

As Horton and Freire (1990) put it, I made my road in the context of South Africa by walking with South African peoples. Prior to me trip, if I believed in the importance of history and culture in learning mathematics, then I believe it even more now. Mathematics, indeed, is social and cultural activities of people around the world. Thus, I will be more sensitive in my own classroom presenting mathematics that is culturally responsive and socially relevant to my students. In terms of research, I am convinced that if any transformation is going to occur in education, it ought to consider experiences of those actors who the research is about.

In this sense, the research not only belongs to the researchers but also it belongs to the "researchees" which means the active participants.

Dr. Pourdavood with township principal and research team

Transformative leadership and learning community: Partnership between university and primary schools in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


 
Emfundweni Township workshopTeacher professional development activities with particular focus on problem solving and cooperative learning in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


 
Reflection and conversation after classroom observation between mathematics teacher and university researchers in Port Elizabeth, South AfricaReflection and conversation after classroom observation between mathematics teacher and university researchers in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


 
Classroom mathematical discourse: Problem solving and teacher/students dialogue in Port Elizabeth, South AfricaClassroom mathematical discourse: Problem solving and teacher/students dialogue in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


 
Parent involvement for educating young children in Port Elizabeth, South AfricaRelationship between school and community: Parent involvement for educating young children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


 
Presenting research findings to the school participants in Port Elizabeth, South AfricaPresenting research findings to the school participants in Port Elizabeth, South Africa


 

 

Contact George Burke: g.burke@csuohio.edu

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Mailing Address
The Fulbright Program
Center for International Services and Programs
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, MC 106
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Main Classroom, Suite MC106
1899 East 22nd Street
Phone: 216.687.3910
Contact
Monica Plunkett
Email: m.plunkett@csuohio.edu


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