SFU President's Faculty Lecture Series:
Dr. Nathalie Sinclair

An Arithmetic Touch:
New Digital Approaches to Mathematics Learning

By Dr. Nathalie Sinclair

How would children’s learning mathematics change if they had unlimited fingers? What if schooling let young students stay ‘in touch’ with objects, operations and ideas, rather than quickly banish hands to their pockets and turn mathematics into an arid and abstract undertaking?  

Join Dr. Sinclair as she discusses her design of touchscreen technologies that extend the mathematical reach of learners. This work draws on diverse bodies of knowledge ranging from neuroscience on the neurofunctional link between finger and number processing, to materialist and feminist philosophies refusing mind-body dualisms that undermine the role of fingers, hands and their gestures in thinking. These insights help us imagine new storylines about mathematical learning that break with the all-too-common trajectory leading from confident and curious children to mathematically anxious, benumbed and disempowered adults.


Dr. Nathalie Sinclair is Professor in the Faculty of Education and the Canada Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning. Her research focusses on the embodied nature of mathematical thinking and learning, as well as the role of aesthetics in shaping mathematical experience. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars and received the Svend Pederson Lecture Award for her major and lasting contribution within the field of Mathematics Education.


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As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Venue Accessiblity

Getting There

SFU Harbour Centre is located at 515 W. Hastings St, and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops.

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Bike stalls are available outside the main entrance. Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

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All floors within SFU Harbour center are wheelchair accessible.

Gender-Neutral Washrooms

Designated gender-Neutral washrooms are available on the first floor in the east corridor.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

6:00 PM

Registration opens at 5:30 PM


SFU Vancouver Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Room 1400

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Kwikwetlem, Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo First Nations.