Seminar: Revisiting the Role of Common Sense in Mathematical Word Problem Solving

Join Dr. Abolfazl Rafiepour, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman (Iran), for a Math Ed Seminar Series @ Brock event on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. in TA403.

In this lecture, the role of mathematical word problem will be recognized in mathematics education and school mathematics textbooks. Then relation between mathematical word problem and modelling activities will be explained. Afterward “suspending of common sense in solving mathematical word problem” as a strange phenomenon will be described through several mathematical word problems as example. Finally, results of several research studies in this topic (which focused in different aspect such as students, teachers, math textbook) from different countries will be presented. Through these results, roots of “suspending common sense in solving mathematical word problem” will be identified in mathematics textbooks, mathematics teacher education and social norm of mathematics classrooms.

Dr. Abolfazl Rafiepour is an associate professor of mathematics education, in faculty of mathematics and computer, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Iran. He is a visiting scholar professor at Brock University. His special research interest is about modelling and application in domain of mathematics education. He taught several mathematics and mathematics education courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and has supervised more than 20 master students and one PhD student in the domain of mathematics education. He published more than 20 research papers. He also presents several papers in national and international conferences.

All undergraduate(including teacher candidates) students, graduate students, and faculty, from Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the Faculty of Education are welcome.

The seminar takes place on Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. in TA403.

For more information, contact Chantal Buteau ( or Joyce Mgombelo (

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