Cynthia Nicol

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Associate Professor


Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy





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Cynthia Nicol

Cynthia Nicol is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy in the UBC Faculty of Education. She lived and taught on Haida Gwaii in B.C.’s Pacific Northcoast before moving to Vancouver to pursue her doctoral studies. With teachers and communities she is exploring new ways of making mathematics responsive to all learners by connecting math, community and culture, emphasizing place and community-based education, and exploring social justice issues through mathematics. Her current projects focus on researching ways to support teachers interested in more culturally responsive teaching practices. This includes practices to better understand Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relationships. This also includes working with teachers in the Dadaab refugee camp, Northeast Kenya, to better understand what it means to live, learn and teach in Dadaab the largest protracted refugee camp in the world. As Principal Investigator of this project she is committed to working across cultures and contexts to better understand and improve opportunities for ongoing teacher learning in some of the world’s most challenging conditions.