University of Calgary

Miwa Aoki Takeuchi

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Miwa Aoki Takeuchi completed her PhD in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. Previously, she worked as a research fellow with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. Dr. Takeuchi is part of the Educational Studies in Learning Sciences, Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. At the graduate education level, she teaches specialization courses in the Learning Sciences and Mathematics Education and research methodology courses (including Ethnographic Research Approach). At the undergraduate education level, she teaches STEM education, Early Childhood Education Specialization, and Diversity in Learning.

I am currently on the Board of Directors at the International Society of the Learning Sciences and President of the Network of the Learning Sciences in Canada. I believe in fostering dynamic and porous community that centres equity and justice.  

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Miwa Aoki Takeuchi's research projects are centered around equity and social justice in mathematics education. Working collaboratively with teachers, community activists, and families, Dr. Takeuchi aims to co-design the learning environments that can leverage learners' embodied and emplaced disciplinary experiences into transdisciplinary imagination toward social and environmental justice.

To challenge the deficit perspectives imposed on historically marginalized learners, Dr. Takeuchi employs various research tools to carefully listen to these learners' silenced voices to shine light on traditionally subujugated and hidden ways of knowing.


Ongoing Projects:

Envisioning inclusive mathematics education with digital illustrated stories (SSHRC Insight Grant, 2020-current, PI)

This project will demonstrate how digital illustrated stories can unveil traditionally unseen mathematics knowledge and history and how these stories can serve as a catalyst to envision open and inclusive spaces and practices in mathematics education.

Mobilizing Immigrant and Refugee Families' Funds of Knowledge Toward Food/Environmental Justice (sponsored by STEM Equity and Diversity, 2019-current, PI)

This study shines a light on intergenerational knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) exhibited by immigrant and refugee families in the context of community gardening and urban farming and toward food/environmental justice.



Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

BSc (Ed)
Hokkaido University, Japan

Selected Publications

For the list of all of my recent publications (and full texts):

Takeuchi, M. A., Elhowari, R., & Yuen, J. (2021). Embodied and emplaced mathematical literacy: A refugee family’s funds of knowledge toward regenerative farming. In D. Kollosche (Ed.), Exploring new ways to connect: Proceedings of the Eleventh International Mathematics Education and Society Conference (Vol. 1, pp. 235–238). Tredition.

Takeuchi, M.A., & Aquino Ishihara, V. (2021). Learning to assemle the hidden bodies: Embodied and emplaced matheamtical literacy in transnational migrant activism. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 21(1), 103-124. doi: 10.1080/10508406.2020.1820341 Full text available here

Takeuchi, M.A. (2021). Geopolitical configuration of identities and learning: Othering through the institutionalized categorization of "English language learners." Cognition and Instruction, 39(1), 85-112. doi:10.1080/07370008.2020.1825438 Full text available here

Takeuchi, M.A., Sengupta, P., Shanahan, M-C., Adams, J.D., & Hachem, M. (2020). Transdisciplinarity in STEM education: A critical review. Studies in Science Education. doi: 10.1080/03057267.2020.1755802  Full text available here

Takeuchi, M.A. & Dadkhahfard, S. (2019). Rethinking bodies of learners through STEM education. In P. Sengupta., M-C. Shanahan., & B. Kim (Eds.). Critical, transdisciplinary and embodied approaches in STEM education (pp.199-216). New York, NY: Springer. Full text available here

Takeuchi, M. A. (2018). Power and identity in immigrant parents’ involvement in early years mathematics learning. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 97 (1), 39-53. doi: 10.1007/s10649-017-9781-4 Full text available here 

Takeuchi, M. A. (2016). Friendships and group work in linguistically diverse mathematics classrooms: Opportunities to learn for English language learners. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 25 (3),411-437. doi: 10.1080/10508406.2016.1169422 Full text available here 

Publications with Teachers 

Jaques, S., Kim, B., Shyleyko-Kostas, A., & Takeuchi, M.A. (2019). “I just won against myself!”: Fostering early numeracy through boardgame play and redesign. Early Childhood Education, 46(1). 22-29. Full text available here

Takeuchi, M., & Coyle, R. (2015). Learning elapsed time through afterschool activities. Ontario Mathematics Gazette, 54 (2), 9–13. Full text available here 

Publications with Community Partners

Takeuchi, M.A., Chowdhury. A., Kopparla, M., Thraya, S., Yuen, J., Czuy, K., Mambo, T., Olson, R., Sobh, H., & Fakih, A. (2021). Soil camp: Learning with the land toward refugee integration, diversity and sustainability through community partnerships 2020-21. University of Calgary.

Public Media

Students get hands dirty at Soil Camp. UToday

Power in numbers: Making visible the violence against racialized women. Conversation Canada.  

Research Grants

External Grants 

  • 2020-ongoing Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (PI)
  • 2017-2019 Research Partnership Program, Alberta Education (Co-PI)
  • 2017-2018 Research Partnership Program, Alberta Education (Co-PI)
  • 2015-2018 Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (PI)
  • 2012-2014 Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (PI)



  • International Society of the Learning Sciences Early Career Award
  • University of Calgary Teaching Award (Associate Professor)
  • University of Calgary Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award
  • Werklund Teaching Excellence Award
  • Research Fellowship – Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • Mary Stager Graduate Student Award – OISE/University of Toronto 
  • Government of Canada Award – Canadian Government 
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