Lyla Alsalim

After I got my B.A. in mathematics, I worked as a high school mathematics teacher in Saudi Arabia, my home country. Despite loving everything about teaching, teaching mathematics was not as easy as I thought it would be. In Saudi Arabia, teaching mathematics is based on a traditionalist outlook and the teacher’s role is to pass on the knowledge from the textbook. My experience as a mathematics teacher encouraged me to come to Canada to pursue a Master’s degree followed by a Ph.D. in Education. I am currently enrolled in Mathematics Education Ph.D. program at Simon Fraser University, Canada.
My research interests are focused on the relations between mathematics teaching-learning and knowledge-curriculum practices in high school.  Currently my research is mainly focused on gaining a better understanding of how Saudi high school mathematics teachers are coping with recent education reform in Saudi Arabia including how their practices are evolving in response to the changes that are happening in the education system in general, and specifically, to the introduction of the new mathematics textbooks.