University of Calgary

Krista Francis

  • Assistant Professor


Dr. Francis’ educational background is in Science, Mathematics and Educational Technology. She graduated with a B. Sc. In Geology and went on to study Actuarial Science.  She completed a Masters of Education in from Athabasca University. After her masters she worked as a multi-media online course developer at SAIT.    During her PhD in Education Technology at the University of Calgary, she was awarded the Gallagher Galileo Research Fellowship (2006).  She continued with the Galileo for the remainder of her PhD helping with research and teacher professional learning of mathematics and technology.  After graduation, she was an assistant professor at St. Mary’s University College in the Bachelor of Education program.  Dr. Francis joined Werklund School of Education in 2012.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Francis’ research focuses on STEM knowledge for teaching, technology integration for learning, and teacher professional learning of teachers. Related to this work is studying and designing learning environments, particularly how teachers and students learn in those environments.

Current Projects:

  • Early Years Spatial Reasoning funded by IOSTEM


University of Calgary

Athabasca University

BSC, Geology
University of Alberta

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Francis’ interest in teacher professional learning of mathematics has lead her to collaborate with University of Calgary Partner Research Schools, including the Calgary Science School and Westmount Charter.  She is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Canadian Mathematics Educators Study Group (CMESG). Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), ASCD (formerly Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), AECT – Association for Educational Communications and Technology and American Educational Research Association (AERA).


Francis, K., Khan, S., & Davis, B. (2015). Enactivism, spatial reasoning and coding. Digital Experiences in Mathematics Education 1(2). Available:

Davis, B., Drefs, M., & Francis, K. (2015). A history and analysis of current curriculum. In Spatial reasoning in the early years: Principles, assertions, and speculations (pp. 47-62). New York, NY: Routledge.

Francis, K., & Whitely, W. (2015). Interactions between two dImensions and three dimensions. In B. Davis (Ed.), Spatial reasoning in the early years: Principles, assertions, and speculations (pp. 121–36). New York, NY: Routledge.

Francis, K., Jacobsen, M., & Friesen, S. (2014). The use of graphics to communicate findings of longitudinal data in design-based research.  Journal of Information Technology Education. 13, 233-255. Retrieved from

Khan, S., Francis, K., & Davis, B. (2014). Accumulation of experience in a vast number of cases: enactivism as a fit framework for the study of spatial reasoning in mathematics education. ZDM: The International Journal on Mathematics Education 47(2), 269-279. doi:10.1007/s11858-014-0623-x

Friesen, S., & Francis-Poscente, K. (2014). Teaching and learning mathematics with Math Fair, Lesson Study and Classroom Mentorship. The Mathematics Enthusiast, 11(1), 61–82. Available:

Francis-Poscente, K. & Jacobsen, M. (2013). Synchronous online collaborative professional development for elementary and middle School. International Review of Research in Distance Education 14(3). Available

Pasanen, T. & Francis-Poscente, K. (2013). Catch Billy Miner, Delta-K: Journal of the Mathematics Council of the Alberta Teachers Association 50(3), 39-45.

Francis-Poscente, K. & Davis, B. (2013). Lego Mindstorms™ Professional Development for Elementary Teachers. Proceedings of the 1st Meeting between the National Pedagogical University (Mexico) and the Faculty of Education of the University of Calgary: Design and implementation of teacher professional development programmes focused on promoting mathematical thinking, Mexico City, Mexico.

Francis-Poscente, K & Hohn, T. (2013). Preparing elementary pre-service teachers to teach mathematics with Math Fair. In J.C. Sung (Ed.), Proceedings of ICME-12. Presented at the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Seoul, Korea: ICME. Available:

Francis, K. & Moisey, S. (2012). We are not numbers: The use of identification codes in online learning, The Journal of Distance Education 26(2). Available:

Photograph of Krista Francis

Curriculum Vitae

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