Dani Ben-Zvi, Ph.D.
Professor of statistics education and educational technology
in the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa, IsraelMember of the Mathematics Education Graduate Department
Scientific management member of the Center of Research Excellence 

I am an associate professor at the University of Haifa in the Faculty of Education, member of the Technology in Education Graduate Department, and member of the Mathematics Education Graduate Department.

My research interests focus on two important aspects of human life: statistical reasoning and technology-enhanced learning. The first refers to the kind of thinking involved in creating and evaluating data-based claims that are used ubiquitously as means of forming credible arguments and of making decisions under uncertainty. All citizens need nowadays to be able to engage in this kind of thinking processes and have basic statistical literacy and numeracy skills. It should therefore be a standard ingredient of every learner's education. The second aspect, technology, is rapidly transforming the way people communicate and collaborate, consume information and create knowledge, learn and teach. Educational technologies can mediate and facilitate thinking about complex domains – such as statistics, mathematics or science, making them more accessible to all learners.

These two themes are simultaneously present and closely intertwined in my work: I study (a) students' statistical learning and the development of their statistical reasoning as it occurs in the social context of the classroom; and (b) the roles of innovative tools in offering new forms of understanding, learning and communication in technology-enhanced learning communities. I pursue these themes in classroom studies that foster inquiry, reasoning, argumentation, collaboration, and learners’ use of notations and technological tools. I use design experiment methodology, geared toward the double aim of promoting theory and improving practice. More specifically, while “engineering” particular forms of learning, I develop domain-specific theories by systematically studying those forms of learning and the means of supporting them.

I am a co-founder with Joan Garfield of the International Collaboration for Research on Statistical Reasoning, Thinking, and Literacy (SRTL), and cochair it with Katie Makar.
I received my Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2001, at the Department of Science Teaching.

"אני זוכר שאלה בספר לימוד החשבון. 
על רכבת שיוצאת ממקום אחד ורכבת אחרת 
שיוצאת ממקום אחר. מתי יפגשו? 
ואף אחד לא שאל מה יקרה כאשר יפגשו, 
אם יעצרו או יעברו אחת על פני השניה ואולי יתנגשו. 
ולא היתה שאלה על איש שיוצא ממקום אחד 
ואשה שיוצאת ממקום אחר. מתי יפגשו 
והאם בכלל יפגשו ולכמה זמן יפגשו? …" 

(יהודה עמיחי, מתוך: "פתוח סגור פתוח" בהוצאת שוקן) 

מלאכת החינוך נועדה למאמינים באדם. למרות היותה מלאכה סיזיפית, שאינה נושאת פרות מידיים בדרך-כלל, המפגש בין מורים ותלמידיהם הם לב לבה של ההוויה החינוכית המתחדשת מדי רגע. האם יפגשו וכמה זמן יפגשו ועל מה ישוחחו? האם תעתק נשימתם לכמה רגעים משותפים של סקרנות וגילוי? 

אני משוחח עם תלמידי בשיעורים על הפלא של חיפוש שיטתי אחר תשובות לשאלות מסקרנות בעזרת נתונים (חינוך סטטיסטי) ועל כלים טכנולוגיים שמשנים דרכי חשיבה ותקשורת בין בני אדם (טכנולוגיות חינוכיות). 

אשמח לשוחח, על שאלות אלו ואחרות, גם בשעות הקבלה ובאמצעות הדואר האלקטרוני. 


January 2013

Our proposal to establish an Israeli Center of Excellence (I-CORE) in the area of "Education and the New Information Society" was approved by the I-CORE steering committee on January 30 2013. The center title is LINKS (Learning in a NetworKed Society) and will focus on "Co-creation of Knowledge in Technology-Enhanced Communities of Learning." Our group introduces collaboration with researchers from the University of Haifa, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Technion and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya. Prof. Yael Kali is the scientific manager of the Center. The center will be established during the current year (2013).

The Centers of Excellence program is an important component of the Multi-Year Reform Plan in Higher Education - a program at fundamentally strengthening the long term positioning of Israel's academic research and its stature among leading researchers in Israel and abroad. Reed more >>