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Ferdinand  Rivera

Rivera, Ferdinand

Associate Professor,  Mathematics
Project Director,  Special Educ & Rehab-Foundatn

Additional Contact Information

Phone Number(s)
(408) 924-5170

Office Hours
Fall 2012: 3 - 4 PM, 6:45 - 7:45 PM, and by appointment (email preferred)

Professor Rivera conducts research in mathematical cognition, in particular, pattern generalization processing of children and adults. Many of his investigations also focus on ways in which visualization can be used to make sense of mathematical concepts and processes. His findings are reported in various peer-reviewed journal articles, monographs, book chapters, and books. Refer to the following book publications to access some of his work in his area: (1) Toward a Visually Oriented School Mathematics Curriculum: Research, Theory, Practice, and Issues (Mathematics Education Library Series Vol. 49). Springer; (2) Teaching and Learning Patterns in School Mathematics: Psychological and Pedagogical Considerations. Springer; and (3) Toward Equity in Mathematics Education: Gender, Culture, and Diversity (Advances in Mathematics Education Vol. 3; co-edited with H. Forgasz). Springer.


  • Postdoc, Cultural Studies, Cultural Studies
    Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany, 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy. Ohio St Univ Main Campus, 1998