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Bio: Higinio Domínguez was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, México, where he received his primary and secondary education. In 1993 he earned a Bachelor's Degree in secondary mathematics education from The University of Texas at Brownsville and in 1999 a Master's Degree in bilingual/bicultural studies, with ESL as the area of specialization, from The University of Texas at San Antonio. As a doctoral student at the University of Texas at Austin, he participated in research on mathematics education with linguistically diverse populations. For his doctoral dissertation, to be defended in January of 2008 at the University of Texas at Austin, he developed a conceptual framework that views bilingualism and experiences as cognitive resources to investigate how students reason mathematically in Spanish and English.

His current research interest focuses on how students organize and coordinate bilingual talk about their relevant experiences to learn mathematics in Spanish and English. Higinio is interested in developing theoretical frameworks that can be used to understand how bilingual students learn mathematics in elementary schools. Such frameworks have to include the role of talk, multicultural experiences, and students' bilingualism. In this first year with CEMELA, Higinio has developed an after-school curriculum in collaboration with Lena Licón-Khisty and Carlos Lopez-Leiva at UIC. Through direct participation implementing this curriculum at a Chicago public school, Higinio has expanded his recognition/appreciation/understanding of the inseparableness of bilingualism and experience, and he has cited these insights in his dissertation work. Higinio is also collaborating with the Arizona team on an AERA symposium on urban mathematization. For this symposium, he invited two top researchers who have agreed to serve as discussants: Dr. Koeno Gravemeijer whose work in mathematization is highly recognized, and Dr. Judit Moschkovich, whose work in mathematics with linguistically diverse populations has contributed to expand and challenge traditional views on language and mathematics.



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