Marta Venturini

Do it! The Faculty of Education is well organized, and it offers excellent courses.

Year Graduated: 2015
 Mathematics Education PhD

Thesis: How teachers think about the role of digital technologies in student assessment in mathematics 

I'm from San Marino, a very small country inside Italy. I completed my M. Sc. in Mathematics at the University of Bologna (Italy) in 2011. I was still interested in knowing how to take advantage of the potential of new digital technologies to help teachers and students in the teaching and learning of mathematics, thus I decided to continue my studies with the PhD in Mathematics in Bologna. Then I met Nathalie Sinclair in Italy, and she led me to a Cotutelle agreement between SFU and the University of Bologna. My research concerns teachers’ use of digital technologies in student assessment, and how the learning that is developed through the use of technology in mathematics can be evaluated.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.
I first found out about the PhD in Mathematics Education at SFU on the web, then I met Nathalie Sinclair in Italy.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.
The PhD in Mathematics Education offers very useful and interesting courses, and, what is more, it gives the opportunity to do research activities with expert professors and friendly peers, sharing ideas and discussing your studies. This way, it is possible to constantly improve your work and challenge your thoughts.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?
My supervisor was Nathalie Sinclair, and she was amazing! She was always up-to-date with the most recent studies and she was able to give any kind of suggestion. Nathalie has been my guide since the beginning of my research, she has many interests, and she never stops looking for new ideas and inspirations.

What inspires you to learn and continue your education?
My passion for mathematics and for education, and the unstoppable wish to communicate the outstanding charm of mathematics to as many people as possible.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?
Do it! The Faculty of Education is well organized, and it offers excellent courses. You will have the opportunity to meet extraordinary professors and peers from all over the world.