Kwesi Yaro, PhD, M.A, B.Ed

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Secondary Education Dept


Area of Study / Keywords

Mathematics Education: Ways of Teaching & Learning of Mathematics Immigrant Parents and Mathematics Learning Place-Based Mathematics Pedagogies Teaching and Learning of Mathematics in Rural Contexts Mathematics and Social Justice Mathematics and Race African Ways of Knowing Culturally Responsive Education


Dr. Yaro has PhD in Curriculum studies specializing in Mathematics Education from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. He also has a Master of Arts (MA) in Mathematics Education from UBC and a B.Ed. (Mathematics focus) from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana. Prior to joining University of Alberta, Dr. Yaro taught both elementary and secondary mathematics methodology courses as well as supervised teacher candidates on teaching practice within UBC’s Teacher Education Program. Dr. Yaro’s experience is enriched by an extensive background experience as a mathematics teacher in the Ghanaian public education system, and community engagement through mathematics and science outreach activities with various schools and key stakeholder institutions in the Canadian context. Dr. Yaro is a certified professional teacher in Ghana as well as in British Columbia (BC) and Prince Edward Island (PEI). 


Dr. Yaro's work is inspired by principles of cultural sustainability, social justice, and inclusion and grounded in humanitarianism in practice, a core tenet of Afrocentric paradigm that is guided by the Ubuntu philosophy (I am because you are: You are because I am) and manifests in the deployment of the “utu” – that of human which is caring and uplifting of every other being. Dr. Yaro uses this lens to investigate and understand the role continental and diasporic African parents play in their children’s mathematics learning. Through this broad research program, Dr. Yaro hopes to contribute to knowledge and insights that can guide teachers and other educators towards a more culturally responsive mathematics curriculum and pedagogy. His most recent publication “Situated perspectives on creating mathematics tasks for peace and sustainability” in Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (CJSMTE), is an exemplar of Dr. Yaro's research interest. 


EDSE 437 - Curriculum and Teaching for Secondary School Mathematics Majors II

Prerequisites: Introductory Professional Term and *24 in the Major subject area. Successful completion is expected prior to being granted permission to commence EDFX 450.

EDU 545 - Culturally Responsive/Regenerative Mathematics

This course examines and develops culturally responsive teaching practices and explores regenerative mathematics in PreK-12 mathematics by drawing on perspectives and examples from Indigenous traditions and peoples, wisdom traditions, and mathematics education for social justice. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment, refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

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