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Ferdinand Rivera - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, UNITED STATES

Ferdinand Rivera Ferdinand Rivera

Professor and Interim Associate Department Chair | Loyola Marymount University


Department of Teaching and Learning


Professor Ferdinand (Ferdie) Rivera received his B.S. in mathematics education from the University of Santo Tomas, his M.A. in Mathematics from the University of the Philippines, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education and Cultural Studies in Education from the Ohio State University. He also completed postdoctoral studies at the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany. His research focuses on the development of structural thinking in mathematics among K-12 learners. He is a recognized expert in school-based mathematics cognition. In 2005, he received the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Career grant for junior faculty that allowed him to establish a solid line of research in generalization and structural thinking in school mathematical contexts. Results of his work have clarified the central role of algebraic thinking across school mathematical domains, and many of his experiments generated strategies for democratizing access to hard-to-reach mathematical concepts. He was a full professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at San Jose State University and served as a program director for NSF's Division of Research on Learning.

Education (2)

Ohio State University: PhD, Mathematics Education and Cultural Studies in Education 1998

University of the Philippines: MA, Mathematics 1992

Areas of Expertise (7)

Mathematics Education

Structural and Algebraic Thinking in Mathematics

Mathematics Cognition

improvement science

Computational Thinking

Design-based Implementation Research

Practice-Driven Research

Industry Expertise (1)


Languages (2)

  • English
  • Filipino

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