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Aline Abassian, Ph.D.

Visiting Lecturer

Mathematics Education

Office: ED 123H

Professional Summary

Aline Zghayyar Abassian, PhD, is an instructor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida. She teaches mathematics methods and content courses for prospective elementary and secondary teachers in the School of Teacher Education. Dr. Abassian has previously taught high school mathematics. Her teaching experience has incited her research focus of exploring mathematical knowledge for teaching, and the mathematical learning of K-12 students, through the use of mathematical modeling. Dr. Abassian has presented her work at numerous academic conferences, such as the annual and research conferences of NCTM, AMTE, PMENA and RCML. She is a proud member of all of the aforementioned mentioned professional organizations, as well as Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education. Dr. Abassian has also published manuscripts related to her work in various peer-reviewed academic journals. She has been awarded multiple honors at UCF, including the Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant, the Doctoral Research Support Award, and the Graduate Dean’s Fellowship award. Dr. Abassian received a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education, a master’s degree in teacher leadership with a mathematics education focus in 2014, and a doctorate in education with an emphasis in mathematics education from the University of Central Florida.


PhD in Education, Mathematics Education Track

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematics Education
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Teacher Education

Research Interests

  • Mathematics Knowledge for Teaching
  • Mathematical Modeling
  • Refugee Education

Recent Publications

Abassian, A., Safi, F., Bush, S., & Bostic, J. (2019). Five Perspectives of Mathematical Modeling in Mathematics Education. Investigations in Mathematics Learning.

Abassian, A, & Safi, F. (2018). A multiple case study exploring the relationship between model-eliciting activities (MEAs) and prospective secondary teachers’ (PSTs) mathematical knowledge for teaching (MKT) algebra topics. In proceedings of the 40th annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education.

Safi, F. & Abassian, A. (2017). Implement and Reflect on Challenging Mathematical Modeling Tasks to Engage and Empower All Students. National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference.

Abassian, A. & Sutherland-Campbell, M. (2016). Carrying on with Mr. Bowditch. Dimensions in Mathematics.

Professional Organizations

  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
  • Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators
  • North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
  • Research Council of Mathematics Learning
  • Kappa Delta Pi


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