Cathy-Bruce Cathy Bruce

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Cathy Bruce has been studying teaching and learning for 25 years and is a founding faculty member of the Trent University School of Education and Professional Learning. A former teacher, Cathy brings 14 years of classroom experience to her work as Associate Professor at Trent. She instructs and co-ordinates the mathematics methods coursework in the Consecutive Bachelor of Education Program, where she brings her passion for mathematics teaching and learning to teacher candidates. Cathy sees allstudents – from young children to teacher candidates to teachers with many years of experience – as capable of engaging with and getting excited about mathematics. Cathy has been nominated multiple times for the Symons teaching award and is a 2012-2013 recipient of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) teaching award. She has an active SSHRC funded research program through which she and her research team investigate teacher and student efficacy, the effectiveness of alternative models of professional learning for teachers, the use of technology in the mathematics classroom, as well as teaching and learning in the difficult-to-learn areas of fractions and algebra. Another particularly exciting area of her research relates to mathematics for young children, involving teachers and other researchers as well as young students from JK-Grade 2, to investigate what children are capable of spatially and mathematically, given rich tasks and adequate support in an atmosphere of playful learning. Her research involves collaborating with educators in classrooms to bridge research-practice gaps in education. Her research can be accessed at

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