The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Education

Iman Osta

Dr. Iman Osta is an associate professor of mathematics and computer education. She has chaired the Department of Education from October 2010 to September 2012, and she is currently Assistant Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Osta has been an Education faculty member at the American University of Beirut from 1990 to 1999, after which she joined LAU in Beirut. Throughout her career, she has taught graduate courses in mathematics education, curriculum design, research methodology, educational technology and others, as well as undergraduate courses in the fields of pre- and in-service teacher preparation for teaching mathematics at all grade levels, for teaching science at the elementary level, as well as computer education for teachers.

At the national level, Dr. Osta contributed to the development of the Lebanese curriculum for informatics and chaired the national Evaluation Committee for the math and informatics curricula. From 2007 to 2011, she led and worked on a collaborative project with Michigan State University for developing three courses in Educational Technology. She chaired the Department of Education from October 2010 to September 2012.

Since 1990, she has conducted many workshops for teachers (problem solving, teaching of geometry, number sense and mental math, technology in teaching mathematics, meaningful learning of math, motivation in math classes, connecting math to life, representations in math teaching and learning, educational assessment, and others).

Dr. Osta has published research work on the use of computer technology in the teaching and learning of geometry, on student learning assessment and curriculum evaluation, and on the learning of algebra.

In fall 2013, she became affiliated to the University of Maryland as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to conduct research in collaboration with the team of the Mathematics Education Center at the University.

Selected publications

  1. Osta, I. (2014). Mathematics Curriculum Evaluation. In S. Lerman (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Mathematics Education (3600 words). Springer, Netherlands.
  2. Osta, I. (2012). Teaching Methods as Reflected by Course Syllabi of Teacher Preparation Programs in some of the Major Universities in Lebanon. Pedagogical Research, 22, 79-101.
  3. Sakr, R.; Nabhani, M. & Osta, I. (2009). Description and Evaluation of the Literacy Library Program in a Lebanese School: A Case Study. School Libraries Worldwide, 15(1), 28-44.
  4. Afra, N., Osta, I., & Zoubeir, W. (2009). Students’ Alternative Conceptions about Electricity and Effect of Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 7(1), 103-132.
  5. Osta, I. (2009). From physical model to proof for understanding via DGS: Interplay among environments. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on “Models in Developing Mathematics Education” (pp. 464-468), 11-17 September 2009, Dresden, Germany. Available on the Conference  website:
  6. Osta, I. (2009). Macro-constructions in DGS: More than construction tools. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Technology in Mathematics Teaching (ICTMT 9), 6-9 July 2009, Metz, France. Currently available on the ICTMT9 Conference website: Here
  7. Osta, I. (2008). Math curricula vs. critical thinking: catalyst or obstacle? In Proceedings of the International Conference on Excellence in Education. International Centre for Innovation in Education (ICIE), 2-4 July 2008, Paris.
  8. Osta, I. (2008). Teaching Mathematics for Understanding or for the Test? School Exams Molded by National Exams. Journal for Mathematics Education (JME), 1(1), 3-25.
  9. Osta, I. (2007). Developing and Piloting a Framework for Studying the Alignment of Mathematics Examinations with the Curriculum: The Case of Lebanon. Journal of Educational Research and Evaluation, 13(2), 171-198.
  10. Osta, I. (2007). Isomorphic problems and contextual variables for advancing algebraic thinking. International Journal for Applied Mathematics (IJAM), 20 (2), 155-174
  11. Osta, I. & Labban, S. (Nov. 2007). Seventh Graders’ Prealgebraic Problem Solving Strategies: Geometric, arithmetic, and algebraic interplay. International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning (IJMTL, electronic journal).
  12. Osta, I. (2007). Teaching Mathematics for Understanding or for the Test? School Exams Moulded by National Exams. Journal for Mathematics Education (JME), 1(1)..
  13. Osta, I. (2006). Représentations d’Enseignants du Complémentaire sur une Réforme du Curriculum de Mathématiques: Réflexion en vue du développement professionnel. Proceedings of the International Conference  EMF 2006. Sherbrooke, Canada. Published in CD format.
  14. Osta, I. (Editor); Debs, M. & Jurdak, M. (Editorial Committee) (2005). Education and Information Technology in the Arab Countries. Issues and Trends. (Book in Arabic). LAES (Lebanese Association for Educational Studies). (512 pages)
  15. Osta, I. (1998). Computer technology and the teaching of geometry. In Mammana, C. & Villani, V. (Eds.), Perspectives on the Teaching of Geometry in the 21st. Century (pp. 109-112 & 128-144). Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht/ Boston/ London.

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