Cathy Bruce is a founding faculty member of the Trent University School of Education and Professional Learning established in 2003. A former teacher, Cathy brings 14 years of classroom experience to her work as Associate Professor at Trent. She instructs and co-ordinates the mathematics methods course in the Consecutive Bachelor of Education Program, where she brings her passion for mathematics teaching and learning to teacher candidates. Cathy sees all students – from young children, to teacher candidates, to teachers with many years of experience – as capable of learning and getting excited about mathematics. Cathy has been nominated multiple times for the Trent Symons teaching award and is a recent recipient of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) teaching award. She has an active research program through which she and her research team investigate teacher and student efficacy, the effectiveness of alternative models of professional learning for teachers (including lesson study and collaborative action research), and the use of technology in the mathematics classroom (with a particular emphasis on the use of interactive whiteboards as well as the use of video to capture and analyze student thinking). Cathy and her research team have also worked in the difficult-to-teach and difficult-to-learn area of fractions, to find effective teaching practices for building deep and sustained student understanding. Another particularly exciting area of Cathy’s research relates to mathematics for young children, involving teachers and other researchers as well as young students from JK-Grade 2, by investigating what children are capable of mathematically, given rich tasks and adequate support in an atmosphere of playful learning. Her research always involves collaborating with educators in classrooms to bridge research and practice gaps in education.
To contact Catherine, please see her profile on the Trent University website.