David Wagner

Associate Dean

Faculty of Education

University of New Brunswick


I am most interested in human interaction in mathematics and mathematics learning. The interactions in mathematics classrooms impact the development of mathematical understanding and the way students interact with the world outside the classroom. Classroom interactions are also a reflection of society's views on mathematics and on social justice.

This inspires my research, which has focused on investigating:

Prior to doing my PhD at the University of Alberta, I taught grades 7-12 mathematics in Canada for six years and in Swaziland for two and a half years (as part of development work with Mennonite Central Committee). It was the experience of teaching mathematics in Canada, then Swaziland, then Canada that alerted me to the highly cultural nature of mathematics teaching, which I had thought was culture-free and values-free. This experience prompted me to leave teaching to investigate the cultural nature of mathematics and the impact of mathematics teaching practices on individuals and society.

Currently, I serve as the Associate Dean responsible for graduate programs, research, and international development in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick. I serve as Associate Editor of the journal Educational Studies in Mathematics, the managing editor of the journal For the Learning of Mathematics, on the editorial board of Mathematics Education Research Journal, on the International Committee of the Mathematics Education and Society conference, and a member of the Nonkilling Science and Technology Research Committee. I have served on the steering committee for the North American Group of the Psychology of Mathematics Education conference, on the executive and as newsletter editor of the Canadian Mathematics Education Study Group , and on the board of For the Learning of Mathematics. I am also the pre-submission support coordinator for the International Group of the Psychology of Mathematics Education . This means that you may ask me for help in developing a proposal for the conference if you can't get help from your university.

Some of the things I enjoy besides work include spending time with my family, playing soccer in the local league for people over 35 (unfortunately called the Fredericton City Old Boys), and singing in the Fredericton Choral Society choir.