Krista Francis, PhD

Pronouns: she/her
Krista Francis

Associate Professor

Werklund School of Education

Background

Educational Background

Ph.D. Education Technology, The University of Calgary, 2009

Masters of Education Distance Education, Athabasca University, 2003

Science Geology, University of Alberta, 1985

Biography

Dr. Krista Francis, PhD (Calgary) is an Associate Professor in Educational Studies in the Learning Sciences. Dr Francis' research focusses on the conscious and critical application of theory in the teaching and learning of mathematics and STEM. Her research takes her into classrooms to engage with children in mathematics (and robotics) learning. More recently, her research is provoked by questioning what it means to learn and how how learning happens. Dr. Francis teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at Werklund. She supervises graduate students in the Learning Sciences as well as serves on graduate supervisory committees. Dr. Francis also collaborates with teachers in designing professional learning of mathematics and technology. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Francis’ interest in teacher professional learning of mathematics has lead her to collaborate with University of Calgary Partner Research Schools, including the Calgary Science School and Westmount Charter.  She is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Canadian Mathematics Educators Study Group (CMESG). Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), ASCD (formerly Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), AECT – Association for Educational Communications and Technology and American Educational Research Association (AERA).

Research

Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Francis’ research focuses on the emergent praxis of teaching and learning mathematics, drawing on embodiment discourses of enactivsm, spatial reasoning, and conceptual metaphor theory. 

Interests:
  • Collaborative design of rich mathematical tasks
  • Learning sciences
  • Mathematical problem solving
  • Mathematics education
  • Mathematics teaching and learning
  • Qualitative research using video
  • STEM pedagogy
  • Technology-enhanced learning environments

Courses

Course number Course title Semester
EDUC 42702 SEC 04 S04 STEM Elementary Route 2021
EDUC 46007 SEC 01 S01 Splz'n I Elem Mathematics 2020
EDUC 54602 SEC 07 S07 Design-based Elementary Route 2021
EDUC 54603 SEC 01 S01 Design-based Secondary Route 2021

Projects

Webs associated with the meaning of learn in Cree

(funded by Werklund Support to Engage with Community Grant)


Intersection of play and board games with spatial and logical reasoning: Children’s learning with games in elementary school mathematics

(funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)


The intersection of math, spatial reasoning, and robotics programming: an emergent, multi-faceted study on how children learn through STEM education

(funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada)

Awards

  • Nominated for Werklund Educational Leadership Award, Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.
  • Graduate Research Scholarship, The University of Calgary. 2005
  • Graduate Research Scholarship, The University of Calgary. 2004
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, The Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund. 2002
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, The Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund. 2001

Publications

  • Engaging Minds: Evolving Learning and Teaching. Davis, Brent & Francis, Krista. Routledge. (2022)
  • STEM education by design: Opening horizons of possibility. Davis, Brent, Francis, Krista, & Friesen, Sharon. Routledge. (2019)
  • Syntonic Appropriation for Growth in Mathematical Understanding: An Argument for Curated Robotics Experiences . Steven Khan; Krista Francis; Stacy A Costa; Martinovic Dragon; Danesi Marcel. Springer. 143-169. (2021)
  • Elementary teacher professional learning to explore and extend meaning of number. . Krista Francis; Sharon L Friesen; Miwa Takeuchi; Armando Paulino Preciado Babb; Barbara Anna Brown. International Congress on Mathematical Education. (2021)
  • Transforming conceptions of number for the learning of students, teachers, and an educational system. Krista Francis; Sharon L Friesen; Ronna Mosher; Armando Paulino Preciado Babb. University of Calgary. 17-22. (2020)
  • Growth in mathematical understanding and spatial reasoning with programming robots. Krista Francis; Andrew Brent Davis; Stefan Rothschuh. PME-NA. 729-730. (2020)
  • Enhancing student’s spatial reasoning skills with a robotics intervention. Krista Francis; Stefan Rothschuh; Dana Poscente; Andrew Brent Davis. PME-NA. 2208-2212. (2020)
  • Computational thinking and experiences of aritimetic. Andrew Brent Davis; Krista Francis. Mathematics Knowledge Network. 1120. (2020)
  • Report of working group: Robotics mathematics education. Krista Francis Dr.. CMESG. (2019)
  • Robots as mathematical objects- and actions-to-think-with. Krista Francis Dr.. European Research in Mathematics Education. (2018)
  • Number, arithmetic, multiplicative thinking and coding. Krista Francis Dr.. European Research in Mathematics Education. online. (2017)
  • Learning Arithmetic by Programming Robots. Krista Francis Dr.. University of Arizona. 191-194. (2016)
  • Pioneering STEM Education: A Course forPre-Service Teachers. Krista Francis Dr.. IEEE. 324-331. (2016)
  • Elementary teacher professional learning to explore and extend meaning of number. . Francis, K, Friesen, S., Takeuchi, M, Preciado Babb, A.P., & Brown, B. . 14th International Congress on Mathematical Education. (2021)
  • Re-Storying the M in STEM: How Mathematics Education Might/Can Shape STEM in STEM Education. Thom, J., Nicol, C., Fritzlan, A., Francis, K., Glanfield, F., & Ghostkeeper, E. . Proceedings of the 2020 STEM in Education Conference. (2021)
  • Enhancing student’s spatial reasoning skills with a robotics intervention. Francis, K., Rothschuh, S., & Davis, B. . Proceedings of the 42nd meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group of the Psychology of Mathematics Education. (2020)
  • Growth in mathematical understanding and spatial reasoning with programming robots.. Francis, K., Rothschuh, S., & Davis, B. . Proceedings of the 42nd meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group of the Psychology of Mathematics Education. (2020)
  • Computational thinking and experiences of aritimetic. Francis, K., & Davis, B. . Proceedings of the Online Seminar Series on Programming in Mathematics Education. (2020)
  • Teacher Professional Learning With/in Place . Nicol, C., Nolan, T., Francis, K., & Fritzlan, A.. Paper Summaries of the 2019 AERA Annual Meeting,. (2019)