Professor, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
By appointment (email preferred)
Professor Rivera conducts research in school-based mathematical cognition, in particular, the emergence of structural thinking in children and adults. Many of his investigations also focus on ways in which individual learners employ visualization to make sense of mathematical concepts and processes. Professor Rivera and his math education and special education colleagues are implementing a teacher preparation program for the next generation of middle school and secondary mathematics teachers who model integrated instructional practices when they teach math-literacy driven performance tasks and lessons in inclusive classrooms. Professor Rivera is currently funded by the National Science Foundation to: (i) develop 21st century inclusive- and mathematical literacy-driven middle school and high school mathematics teachers: SJSU's Mathematics Integrated Teacher Preparation Program (DUE 2151134); and (ii) develop virtual reality-mediated representational tools for supporting and enhancing deep mathematical understanding of linear algebra relationships (DUE 2315756). Check out his webpage to learn more about him and his research: https://sites.google.com/sjsu.edu/ferdierivera/home.
- Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio St Univ Main Campus, 1998
- Postgraduate Diploma, Cultural Studies, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany, 2000