Miwa Aoki Takeuchi

Associate Professor


Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto


Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

BSc - Education

Hokkaido University, Japan

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Research and Scholarly Activity

Research areas

  • Discourse analysis
  • Early mathematics development
  • Language and the construction of meaning
  • Learning environments
  • Learning sciences
  • Mathematics education
  • Social justice and equity in education
  • Student experience and identity in relation to mathematics


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 experiences into mathematics learning. To challenge the deficit perspectives imposed on historically marginalized learners, Dr. Takeuchi employs various research tools to carefully listen to learners' silenced voices and subjugated knowledge. Through her research activities, Dr. Takeuchi hopes to shine light on traditionally unseen and hidden knowledge of mathematics shared by immigrant and refugee learners and their families.

Ongoing Project:

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 the STEM equity and diversity grant, 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.


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. 


For the list of all of my recent publications (and full texts): https://miwatakeuchi.com/

  • Takeuchi, M.A. (2020). Geopolitical configuration of identities and learning: Othering through the institutionalized categorization of "English language learners" Cognition and Instruction. Advanced online publication https://doi.org/10.1080/07370008.2020.1825438
  • Takeuchi, M.A., & Aquino Ishihara, V. (2020). Learning to assemle the hidden bodies: Embodied and emplaced matheamtical literacy in transnational migrant activism. Journal of the Learning Sciences. Advanced online publication https://doi.org/10.1080/10508406.2020.1820341
  • 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),411-437doi: 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 Gazette54 (2), 9–13. Full text available here 


  • 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 

Research Grants (External)

  • 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)