Professor Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar

Nitsa Movshovitz-Hadar
Professor Emeritus

Academic Appointments

  • 2004 – to date Professor Emeritus, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
  • 2003 Lauréat, La Villa Media, Grenoble, France.
  • 1998 - 2002 Director, National Museum of Science, Planning and Technology, Daniel and Matilde Recanati Center, Technion Historical Campus, Haifa.
  • 1996 - 1997 Head. Department of Education in Technology & Science, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
  • 1975 - 2003 Faculty member, Department of Education in Technology & Science, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
  • 1993 Visiting Scholar, Mathematics Department, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 1986, 1991 Visiting Scholar. Mathematics Department, University of California at Berkeley.
  • 1978, 1980, 1981 Visiting lecturer, School of Education, Univ. of California at Berkeley.

Research Interests

  • Visualization of mathematical concepts and relationship.
  • A systematic analysis of mathematics from a pedagogical-psychological point of view.
  • Patterns of valid and fallacious mathematical reasoning.
  • The role of intuition, the place of motivation, and the role of resolving mathematical paradoxes in the development of mathematical knowledge.
  • Typical difficulties faced by students and teachers in mathematics classes.
  • A qualitative explanatory approach to teaching mathematics.
  • Values and mathematics education
  • Integrating contemporary mathematics in high school curriculum
  • Wiki-like platform for accumulating teachers’ pedagogical knowledge
  • Popularization of mathematics
  • The development of mathematics teachers community of practice

Significant Professional Projects (1980 - to date) (For more details write to nitsa at technion dot ac dot il)

  1. 1980-1985: Israel Instructional Television - Simple Math. Position: Academic advisor and pedagogical designer of 17 dramatic television programs in school mathematics with Follow-up materials. (For more details see Videotaped Educational programs No. 1, 2 under publications)
  2. a. 1983-1997: Mass-Mathics - A Curriculum for Low-Achievers in High-School Math b. 1997-1999: MAGAL - Mathematics bridge to matriculations. Position: Project director. (For more details see College and School Textbooks no. 7
  3. 1984-1990: Equity in Mathematic Position: Academic advisor. (For more details see College and School Textbooks No. 2.)
  4. 1986-1991: Descriptive Analysis - Micro-Computer software and courseware for learning about functions Position: Principal investigator. (For more details see Computer Software No. 1.)
  5. 1987-todate: "Kesher Cham" – R&D Center for Mathematics Education : Position: Founder and academic director. (See more details in Hebrew under the Hebrew department website)
  6. 1991-1996: The Third International Mathematics and Science Study - TIMSS, an international survey of educational outcome. Position: National Research Coordinator for mathematics (Pinchas Tamir, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, NRC for science). International coordinators: David Robitaille, University of British Columbia, Al Beaton, Boston College.
  7. 1989-1993: The Galilee Project. Position: Co-Director of mathematics (with O. Zaslavsky, director, and A Evyatar followed by S. Waks, M. Finegold General Director).
  8. 2008-2010: Integrating values education in mathematics education. Position: Project director (Team: Y. Edri, and 11 high schoolteachers (ISF grant (1180/2008)
  9. 2008-present: Wiki Math-Ed. Position: Project director (team: A. Shriki and O. Zohar). (Google CS4HS grants 2012, 2014. Trump foundation grant 2012, Neamann Institute 2014 -)
  10. 2010-present: Road safety education – Yair Shulman memorial project. Position: Initiator and head of the navigation committee. Supported by the Ministry of Education and Shulman Family.
  11. 2011-2014: interweaving mathematical news in high school teaching of mathematics – a feasibility study. Position: Project director (Team: B. Amit, A. Shriki and O. Zohar). (ISF grant (144/2011 Neamann Institute and ORT Israel)
  12. 2016-2019: A longitudinal study of  interweaving mathematical news in high school teaching of mathematics. Position: Project director. Ministry of Science grant 2021675. (Sky Fross, Science Ministry coordinator)

 Professional Experience (1980 to date). 

  • 2010 – to date Member of the advisory council. MOMATH the mathematics Museum, New York
  • 2008 – to date Initiator and head of Wiki-Math-Ed (In Hebrew: Ramzor) – a platform to collaboratively generate, accumulate and update a repository of mathematics lesson plans suitable to the national curriculum.
  • 2007 – to date Initiator and head of Math News Snapshots – A project aimed at interweaving contemporary mathematics in senior high school curriculum.
  • 1986 – 2007 Founder and academic director of Kesher Cham - Center for Mathematics Education at Technion.
  • 1995 – 2007 Reviewer, The Journal of Mathematical Behavior
  • 1994 – 1996: "Tomorrow 98" in the Upper Galilee. Member of the navigating committee (Y. Harpaz, chairman, till 1995) and advisor to O. Zaslavsky, director of the mathematics workshops (till 1996)
  • 1991 – 1996: National Research Coordinator, TIMSS: The Third International Mathematics and Science Study - An international survey of educational outcomes in 45 countries. Appointed by the national representative to IEA: The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement. (In charge of mathematics, with P. Tamir, in charge of Sciences).
  • 1990 – 1991: Consultant to The Interactive Mathematics Program - Three years of problem-based mathematics for high school students. Project directors: D. Resek & D. Fendel, San Francisco State University; L. Alper & S. Fraser Lawrence Hall of Science, U.C. Berkeley.
  • 1986 – 1998: National coordinator, International Organization of Women in Mathematics Education (IOWME).
  • 1980 – 85, 1991: Program designer and Academic advisor to the Mathematics Broadcasts Team, Israel Instructional Television Center, Tel-Aviv.

  • 1975: Ph.D. Mathematics Education. University of California, Berkeley, CA.
  • 1970: M.Sc. Mathematics Education. Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
  • 1964: High School Teaching Certificate. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 1963:B.Sc. Mathematics and Physics. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
  • 1958: Graduation of the Dunya Weizmann Music Conservatorium, Haifa, Israel, Piano playing department