CV

PERSONAL DETAILS

PERSONAL DETAILS
Office

Department of Science Teching

Weizmann Instititue of Science

Rehovot, Israel 76100.

Tel: +972-8-934-3924; +972-52-698-5982 (cell)

Emails boris.koichu@weizmann.ac.il, bkoichu@gmail.com.

EDUCATION

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Institution and location: University of California San Diego, USA.

Duration: 2004-2006.

Field of study: Mathematics Education.

Advisor: Professor Guershon Harel.

Ph.D.

Institution and location: Technion, Haifa, Israel.

Duration: 1999-2004.

Field of study: Mathematics Education.

Thesis title: “Junior high school students' heuristic behaviors in mathematical problem solving”.

Advisors: Professor Avi Berman, Associate Professor Michael Moore.

M.Sc. ( by direct five-year track, with honors)

Institution and location: State University of Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine.

Duration: 1984-1985; 1987-1991.

[A two-year break is due to the military servise]

Field of study: Mathematics.

Thesis title: “Oscillating component of realization’s integral function for constructing a solution’s rule”.

Advisor: Dr. Vladimir Sivers.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Science Teaching, Associate Professor (with tenure), 2017-ongoing.
  • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, Invited Visiting Professor, February-July 2016, on sabbatical leave from the Technion.
  • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada, Invited Visiting Professor, temporary appointment for August-October 2013.
  • The Technion, Faculty of Education in Science and Technology[2], Assistant Professor (with tenure), 2012-2017.
  • The Technion, Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, Senior Lecturer, 2006-2012.
  • University of California San Diego, USA, Faculty of Mathematics, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2004-2006.
  • The Technion, Faculty of Education in Technology and Science, Adjunct Lecturer, 2003.
  • The Technion, Faculty of Education in Technology and Science, TA, 2000-2003.
  • The Technion, Ph.D. student, 1999-2004.

Employment prior to 1999 is listed below in the Other Appointments section.

ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATION

Weizmann Institute of Science

  • Head of Mathematics education group, since 2018.
  • Coordinator (with Prof. Sergei Yakovenko) of the mathematics track of the Rothschild-Weizmann M.Sc. program, since 2018.
  • Coordinator of the seminar of the Mathematics group at the Department of Science Teaching, 2017-2019. 

Technion

  • Head of mathematics education track at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2013-2017.
  • Coordinator of undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2013-2016.
  • Coordinator of the program for excellent undergraduate students at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2008-2016.
  • Coordinator of the Center for Learning Initiatives and Professional Development at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2011-2015.
  • Coordinator of the cooperation between the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and the Technion Center of Pre-Academic Study, 2011-2015.
  • Person in charge of the communication and information technologies at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2011-2013.
  • Coordinator of studies for earning an additional B.Sc. degree at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2011-2013.
  • Coordinator of studies for earning a teaching certificate at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2011-2012.
  • Coordinator of M.Sc. studies with specialization in fostering giftedness and excellence at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2009-2012.
  • Coordinator of activities aimed at attracting new undergraduate students at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2008-2010.
  • Representative of the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Faculty of Mathematics, 2006-ongoing.
  • Coordinator (with Dr. Abigail Barzilay) of the Teaching Club – a forum for lectures and discussions on university level teaching, 2007-2010.
  • Coordinator of the departmental seminar at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, 2006-2008, 2010.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

Teaching at school level

  • Guest lecturer, San Diego Math Circle, 2005.

  • Instructor at the SAKTA RASHI Foundation project “Gifted High School Students from Unprivileged Districts Prepare for Undergraduate Studies”, 2003.

  • Mentor of student research projects at SciTech – Technion International Summer Research Programs for gifted students, 2001-2003. Projects:
    • Spatial Analogues of Ceva’s Theorem and their Applications.
    • Mathematical Modeling and Difference Equations.
    • Reconstructions by Means of Compass and Ruler: Antique Curves Revived.
  • Supervisor of high school final projects in mathematics, 2002.
  • Instructor, a course "Development of mathematical thinking". The Center for Gifted Students at the Ort Braude College of Engineering, Karmiel, 2000-2003.
  • Guest lecturer, preparatory workshops of the Israeli Team for International Mathematical Olympiad, 1999-2000.
  • Coach of the district team for Ukrainian Mathematical Olympiads, Lviv, Ukraine, 1992-1998.
  • Mathematics teacher, secondary school named after N. Lobachevski, Lviv, Ukraine, 1991-1998.

Teaching full range of mathematics subjects for junior-high and high school students; teaching in special classes for mathematically promising and gifted students

Teaching at university level

Technion

  • Undergraduate courses: Mathematics in Senior High School (2002-2003), Selected Problems in Mathematics A (2006-ongoing), Selected Problems in Mathematics B (2006-2012), Teaching Methods and Skills (as a TA, 2000-2003), Geometry in Junior High School (as a TA, 2003).
  • Graduate courses (2006-2017): Advanced Workshop in Teaching Mathematics, Fostering Excellence in Mathematics, Research in Mathematics Education and Its Implications in Teaching, Innovative Approaches to Assessment in Mathematics Education, Foundations of Educational Research, Advanced Seminar in Creativity and Giftedness, Mathematical Models as Motivation, Proof and Justification in Mathematics Education, Educational Aspects in History of Math, Studies in Mathematics Education 1, Evaluation of Educational Projects.
  • Design of new courses (2007): Advanced Seminar in Creativity and Giftedness.

Weizmann Institute of Science

  • Graduate courses (since 2017): Research in teaching and learning geometry (with Rina Hershkovitz), Research in teaching and learning algebra, Cognition, learning and instruction (with Yael Swartz).
  • Design of new courses (2019): Research on fostering creativity and giftedness.

Teacher Professional Development (Israel)

  • A conference of four TRAIL communities and a community of middle-school coordinators of mathematics study, Weizmann Institute of Science, June 2019.

  • A session on the TRAIL project at the annual Israeli conference for secondary school mathematics teachers, Shfaim, June 2019.

  • A workshop "Cognition and rationality" for teachers interested in Rothschild-Weizmann M.Sc. program, February 2019.
  • A series of workshops related to TRAIL project for mathematics teachers of Rehovot Community and of Haifa Community, October 2018-June 2019.
  • A series of workshops (along with Alon Pinto) related to TRAIL project, for mathematics teachers taking part in a professional development program “Excellence in math teaching”, Davidson Institute, Weizmann Institute of Science, for mathematics teacher educators of Mofet Association, for mathematics teachers of Raanana Community, December 2017 - November 2018.
  • A series of workshops (along with Jason Cooper) for middle-school coordinators of mathematics study of Holon Community, December 2017-October 2018.
  • Two workshops “If not, what yes?”, for mathematics teachers taking part in a professional development program “Excellence in math teaching”, Davidson Institute, Weizmann Institute of Science, June 2017, June 2018.  
  • A lecture “Giftedness, challenge and choice”, at the seminar “Promoting excellence and leadership among teachers and students” organized by the Technion, Ministry of Education and Trump Foundation. Technion, March 2017.
  • A course “Selected Problems in Mathematics,” as a part of professional development program for mathematics teachers who wish to teach mathematics at 5 and 5++ credit point level. Technion, Winter 2015-2016.
  • A lecture on cognitive and affective aspects of problem solving at a workshop for mathematics teacher educators. CET – The Center for Educational Technology, Tel Aviv, November 2014.
  • A lecture on developing aesthetic appreciation of geometry at Israeli conference for elementary school mathematics teachers "Geometry from different perspectives", Shfaim, 2013.
  • Two lectures at the workshop for teachers who study towards achieving ranks 7-9 in the framework of the project "New horizons" (Ofek Hadash). Technion, 2012, 2013.
  • Seven lectures on mathematical problem solving at the course for mathematics and science teachers working with mathematically promising and gifted students. Weizmann Institute of Science, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017; Gordon College of Education, 2008, 2009.
  • Three lectures on origins of students' misconceptions in mathematical problem solving at the workshops organized by the Ministry of Education. Rehovot, Haifa and Nazareth, 2008.
  • A lecture on psychology of mathematical problem solving at the workshop organized by the Ministry of Education for secondary school teachers working at the settlement education. Hertzlia, 2008.
  • Two lectures on assessment in mathematics education at the workshop organized by MOFET association. Kfar HaYarok, 2007, 2009.
  • A workshop on teaching mathematical problem solving for engineers of Raphael. Raphael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Haifa, 2003.
  • A workshop on mathematical problem solving in the framework of the project Exellence-2000. Weizmann Institute of Science, 2003.
  • A lecture on mathematical problem solving in the framework of Mathematical Professional Development of Primary School Teachers Project. Weizmann Institute of Science, 2003.

AWARDS

2013, 2016

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education of Simon Fraser University (SFU), Burnaby, Canada.

2006-2009

Guastello Fellowship for Advancement of Teaching in Science and Technology in Universities for new faculty, SAKTA RASHI Foundation, Israel.

2003

Sandor Szego Award for Excellence in Teaching, Technion, 2003.

2001

Miriam and Aaron Gutwirth Memorial Fellowship, Special Award, Technion, 2001.

2001-2004

Guastello Fellowship for Advancement of Teaching in Science and Technology in Universities for doctoral students, SAKTA RASHI Foundation, Israel.

1998

Outstanding Educator medal, Ukraine.

1997

Soros Foundation Award for High School Teachers, Ukraine.

1997

Mathematics Teacher of the Year, Ukraine.

1994

Mathematics Teacher of the Year of the Lviv district, Ukraine.  

 

EDITORIAL BOARDS

2017- present

Journal of Mathematical Behavior.

2017- present

International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education.

2017- present

Alon LeMorej HaMatematika (Bulletin for Mathematics Teachers)

2011-2016

Creative Education

COMMITTEES (SELECTED)

International Committees

2012-2020

Member, European Mathematical Society (EMS) Committee for Education, appointed by the President of EMS. 

2010-2015

Member, International Committee of Mathematical Creativity and Giftedness (MCG), elected. 

Ministry of Education (Israel)

2017-2021

Member, the Superior Committee for mathematics instruction in elementary school.

2017-2019

Member, the steering committee of the research project “Integrating Mathematical Applets in the Teaching Sequence”.

2018-2019

External evaluator of M.Ed. programs of two Israeli academic colleges.

Ph.D. and M.Sc. committees and exams

2006- present

42 Ph.D. theses, 17 M.Sc. theses, 41 Ph.D. proposals – for five universities in Israel and a university in Denmark.

Conferences, symposia, workshops

2020

Chair, Working Group 46 “Mathematics competitions and other challenging activities” at 14th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-14), Shanghai, Chine.

2019

Co-chair (with Alon Pinto) of the Mathematics Education session at the Annual Meeting of the Israel Mathematical Union, Jerusalem.

2019

Co-chair (with Baruch Swartz and Michal Tabach) of a symposium "Mathematical texts as a basis for a dialogue among the peers" at the 7rd Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education. Jerusalem College of Technology, Jerusalem.

2018

Co-chair (with Alon Pinto) of a discussion group “Models of researcher-teacher partnerships in mathematics education: Where are we and where can we go from there?” at the 6rd Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education. Jerusalem College of Technology, Jerusalem.

2016-2018

Member of the Program Committee of the Fifth and Sixth Jerusalem Conferences on Research in Mathematics Education. Jerusalem.

2015

Co-chair (with Baruch Swartz and Michal Tabach) of a symposium “Collaborative learning and problem solving: An individual, a group, a teacher” at the 3rd Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education. Jerusalem College of Technology, Jerusalem.

2014

Chair of a symposium “Successful practices of mathematical problem posing: The cases of prospective teachers, in-service teachers and experts” at the 2nd Jerusalem Conference on Research in Mathematics Education. Jerusalem College of Technology, Jerusalem.

2014

Member, International Program Committee of the 7th Conference on Creativity in Mathematics and the Education of Gifted Students, Denver, USA.

2013

Co-chair (with John Monaghan) of a discussion group "From more advanced data collection tools to more advanced understanding of problem solving" at 37th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Kiel, Germany.

2012

Coordinator of the panel "Problem solving in mathematics and in mathematics education" at the International Symposium "Mathematics and mathematics education: Toward the common ground" in honor of Prof. Ted Eisenberg. Beer Sheva, Israel.

2011

Coordinator of the subsection "Advanced mathematical thinking" of the section "Common Trends in Mathematics Education Research in Poland and Israel" at the Israeli-Polish Mathematics Meeting. Lodz, Poland.

2010

Scientific coordinator of the 9th Seminar of Doctoral Students in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. Nir Etzion.

2010

Member, International Program Committee of the 6nd Conference on Creativity in Mathematics and the Education of Gifted Students, Riga, Latvia.

2009

Member, International Program Committee of the 2nd Conference "Gifted Children: Challenges and Possibilities", Riga, Latvia.

2008

Co-chair (with Roza Leikin and Avi Berman), International Program Committee of the 5th Conference on Creativity in Mathematics and the Education of Gifted Students, Haifa, Israel.

2008

Co-chair (with Agnis Andžāns) of the symposium "Mathematical creativity and giftedness in out-of-school activities" at the 5th International Conference on Creativity in Mathematics and the Education of Gifted Students, Haifa, Israel.

GRANTS

2017-2022

Principal Investigator, Israel Science Foundation, for the study Collective reasoning around texts across disciplines towards deliberative democracy”, $1,000,000 (a joint project with Anat Yarden, Michal Tabach and Einat Heyd Metzuyanim, who are also PIs and with Baruch Swartz, who is a PI and the project coordinator).

2018-2021

Principal Investigator of a "Quality plan" work-package, Erasmus+,  in the international consortium  "Innovative Teacher Education in Mathematics" of 17 European universities and institutions (the consortium is coordinated by Prof. Konstantinos Petridis, Technological Educational Institution of Crete. It is a joint project with Alon Pinto and Ronnie Karsenty who are also PIs of the "Quality plan" work-package), 88,000 Euro (out of 1,000,000 Euro).  

2017-2020

Principal Investigator, Teacher-Research Alliance for Investigating Learning (TRAIL). Funded by Weizmann Institute of Science ($250000) and the Ministry of Education ($55000) (a joint project with Alon Pinto). 

2017-2022

Principal Investigator, The Weizmann Institute of Science’s professional development program for middle-school coordinators of mathematics study. Funded by Trump Foundation and the Ministry of Education ($720000).

2013-2017

Principal Investigator, Israel Science Foundation, for the study "Heuristic and engagement aspects of learning through long-term collaborative mathematical problem solving and problem posing", 107000$.

2012

Principal Investigator, Israel Science Foundation, for the international workshop "Exploring mathematical thinking and giftedness of high achievers who learn mathematics in different types of classes", 16000$ (a joint project with Roza Leikin, who was also a PI, and Avi Berman, who was a CI).

2007-2011

Principal Investigator, Israel Science Foundation, for the study "Exploring mathematical thinking and giftedness of high achievers who learn mathematics in different types of classes", 100500$ (a joint research with Roza Leikin, who was also a PI, and Avi Berman, who was a CI)

2006-2009

Principal Investigator, Association MOFET, for the study "Exploration of professional development of high school MOFET teachers of mathematics: a follow-up study", 11000$.

2000-2001

Principal Investigator, Ort Israel, for the study "Evaluation of mathematics education in MOFET classes", 20000$.

 

CONSULTING

2017-2019

Academic consultant, the Center for Advanced Research in Education (CIAE) of the University of Chile

2015-2018

Academic consultant, Faculty of Computer Science of the Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

2011-2012

Scientific consultant, the Technion team that wrote a calculus textbook for mathematics teachers, 2011-2012.

2010-2012

Academic consultant, the project “Excellence classes” at the Tech Aviation School, Haifa.

INVITED TALKS AT INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS

2019

Invited talk at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of Mathematics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Title: Bridging our knowledge of how problem solving occurs and how to enhance it. Budapest, Hungary.

2019

Panel presentation at the international symposium in honor of Prof. Anna Sfard. Title: Commognizing with commognition. University of Haifa, Haifa.

2018

Invited talk at the Center for Advanced Research in Education (CIAE) of the University of Chile. Title:  Bridging our knowledge of how problem solving occurs and how to enhance it. Santiago, Chile.

2018

Invited talk at the Center of Mathematical Modeling of the University of Chile. Title: Problem-solving opportunities in frontal classes: Inquiry in teaching practices and learning strategies. Santiago, Chile. 

2017

Plenary talk at the KSME International Conference. Title: “Developing mathematical habits of mind through problem solving in choice-affluent environments”. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.

2017

Invited workshop for mathematics teachers at Seoul National University. Title: Between PBL (Problem-Based Learning) and PBL (Project-Based Learning). Seoul, Korea.

2017

Main speaker at the 6th conference “Problem solving in Patagonia”. Title: “On facilitating different types of problem-solving discourse: Focus on heuristics, connectivity and aesthetics”. Punta Arenas, Chile.

2016

Invited lecture at the 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-13). Title: “Mathematical problem solving in choice-affluent environments”. Hamburg, Germany.

2016

Invited talk at the seminar of the School of Mathematical and Statistical Science of Arizona State University. Title: “Towards a confluence model of mathematical problem solving in instructional settings”. Tempe, AZ.

2016

Colloquium talk at the Graduate School of Education of the University of California, Berkeley. Title: “Where can solution ideas come from? Towards a confluence model of mathematical problem solving in instructional settings”. Berkley, CA.

2016

Featured talk at the Rutgers University Mini-Symposium on Problem Solving, Affect, and Mathematics Education. Title: “On heuristics and affect in individual vs. collaborative problem solving”. New Brunswick, NJ.

2015

Plenary talk at biannual conference of Greek Association for Research in Mathematics Education (GARME-6). Title: “Challenging mathematics for all and choice-based pedagogies”. Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Grease.

2015

Invited talk at the international conference “Didactics of Mathematics in Higher Education as a Scientific Discipline”. Title: “Problem solving opportunities in frontal classes: Inquiry in teaching practices and learning strategies”. Schloss Herrenhausen, Hanover, Germany.

2015

Invited talk at the 2nd International Conference “Lviv IT Arena”. Title: IT in education: A view through the lenses of Diffusion of Innovation Theory. Lviv IT Cluster, Lviv, Ukraine.

2015

Invited talk at the international conference “The open environment for worldwide mathematical education”. Title: “Formative assessment of learning mathematics through problem solving: Examples from Israel”. Moscow Center for Continuous Mathematical Education and the Moscow Center for Pedagogical Excellence. Moscow, Russia.

2014

Invited talk at the section "Teaching with Mathematical Habits in Mind" of the joint conference of Israel Mathematical Union and American Mathematical Society. Title: “On developing habits of mind associated with mathematical problem solving: Lessons from three (relatively) long-term studies with middle-school students”. Tel Aviv, Israel.

2014

Invited talk at the seminar of the Faculty of Pedagogical Education of Moscow State University, Russian Federation. Title: “On tasks in mathematics teacher education:  From practice to theory and back”. Moscow, Russian Federation.

2014

Invited talk at 2nd international conference “The pedagogy of doing and pedagogical education”. Title: “Development of habits of mind associated with mathematical problem solving”. Moscow State University and Voronezh Institute for Teacher Education, Voronezh, Russia.

2014

Invited talk at the international workshop on Beauty and Explanation in Mathematics (WBEM). Title: Beauty appreciation and non-prototypical visualizations in problem solving. University of Umeå, Umeå, Sweden.

2013

Plenary panel presentation at ICMI Study-22 Conference "Task design in mathematics education". Title: “Variation theory as a research tool for identifying objects of learning in the design of tasks: Focus on methodological issues”. University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

2013

Invited talk at the meeting of mathematics education faculty and graduate students of the Faculty of Education of Simon Fraser University. Title: “Teaching for aesthetic appreciation of mathematical problem solving”. Burnaby, Canada.

2012

Invited talk at the “Linear Algebra Education” section of 2012 Haifa Matrix Theory Conference. Title: “Teaching Linear Algebra: Pedagogical Practices of Experienced Lecturers”. Haifa, Israel.

2011

Invited talk at the section "Common Trends in Mathematics Education Research in Poland and Israel" of the Israeli-Polish Mathematics Meeting (September). Title: “Promoting conceptual understanding in large-size linear algebra classes through teaching that involves the use of Classroom Response Systems (clickers)”. Lodz, Poland.

2010

Invited talk at the symposium “Linear Algebra Education” at the 16th Conference of the International Linear Algebra Society. Title: “The use of Classroom Response Systems (“clickers”) in teaching linear algebra: Still more questions than answer”. Pisa, Italy.

2009

Invited talk at the Education Section of the 15th Haifa Matrix Theory Conference. Title: “Understanding the concept of equivalence relations”. Technion, Haifa, Israel. 

2009

Invited talk at the conference "Mathematical Competitions". Title: “Math competitions: Milestones and trends”. Ariel University Center of Judea and Samaria, Ariel, Israel.

2008

Featured talk at the conference "Preparing the next generation of secondary mathematics teachers: How pedagogy emerges from learning mathematics". Title: “What else can be taught through problem solving?” University of California, San Diego, USA.

2008

Invited talk at the seminar of the Center for STEM Excellence, California State University at Sacramento. Title: “What is a beautiful problem? A students' perspective”. Sacramento, CA.

2008

Invited talk at Topic Study Group 17 "Research and development in the teaching and learning of advanced mathematical topics" at the 11th International Congress of Mathematical Education. Title: “Are more advanced problem-solving behaviors associated with more advanced mathematics?”  Monterrey, Mexico.

2007

Invited talk at the Mathematics Education Section of the 2nd International Conference "Initiatives for Promoting Learning in Higher Education". Title: “Discovery-oriented activities in calculus”. Ort Braude College, Karmiel, Israel.

2004

Invited talk at the seminar of the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education, San Diego State University. Title: “Thinking-aloud dilemma: What and how can we learn from the semi-structured problem-solving interviews?” San Diego, CA.