Galina Dobrynina

Associate Professor Mathematics and Science Department
School of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 617-879-2325
Office: ACW 208

Educational Degrees

M.A.T. (Mathematics and English) 1975, Moscow Pedagogical University
Ed.D. (Mathematics Education) 2001, Boston University

Galina Dobrynina teaches a variety of mathematics courses and her main interest is in developing innovative programs of teaching mathematics to future teachers.

She conducted her dissertation research with fourth, fifth, and sixth graders and investigated algebraic reasoning processes of students who solved two- and three-variable problems.  The results of her scholarly work were published in Psychology of Mathematics education (PME) Conference Proceedings (2001, 2002, and 2005).  She is a co-author of a chapter Mathematics: Developing Curious Students in a book Inquiry Across Curriculum published by Corwin Press in 2005. 

During sabbatical leave in 2008-2009, she investigated how operations with rational numbers were taught in mathematics curricula in Singapore, Russia, Israel, and the US. She presented research findings at the ATMIM conference in 2011.

She is well known for her talks at numerous national and international conferences.  She has conducted professional workshops and mathematics content summer institutes for in-service and pre-service teachers.  She was a founding board member of Massachusetts Mathematics Association of Teacher Educators (MassMATE).

Selected Publications

Selected Recent Presentations

  • Authentic Assessment Model for Instructional Practices. Sault Lake City, UT, NCSM, April 2008
  • Impact of Three-semester Sequence of Mathematical Content Courses on Knowledge of Pre-service Teachers. Monterrey, Mexico, ICME 11, July 2008
  • Geometric and Algebraic Reasoning through Pattern Generalization. Indianapolis, IN, NCTM annual meeting, April 2011
  • Operations with fractions in mathematics curricula in Singapore, Russia and the US. Marlborough, MA, ATMIM, March 2011

Courses Taught

  • Concepts and Processes I&II: Intensive sequence (MAT 140-141)
  • History of Mathematics (MAT 335)
  • Calculus I (MAT 280)
  • Algebra and Number Theory (MAT 230)
  • Geometry (MAT MAT 245)
  • Seminar for Math leaders (PRO 201)

Research Interests and Projects

  • Exploring mathematics content knowledge needed for pre-service and in-service teachers
  • Presenting at the International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME) conferences (2004, 2008, 2012 in preparation)
  • Investigating ways of teaching mathematics in different countries
  • Designing on-line mathematics courses for graduate students (STEM project)

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