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Mathematics Education Research Group

The Mathematics Education Research Group is focused on developing and evaluating new modes of learning and teaching mathematics in response to ongoing social and technological change.

The group is interested in advancing the theory and practice of university mathematics education, actively gathers evidence to assess the effectiveness of different modes of teaching, and serves to support teachers and lecturers to develop their scholarship of learning and teaching.

We work closely with Athena SWAN and the Equality Challenge Unit to ensure that inclusivity and equality are properly considered when designing and assessing educational interventions. We collaborate with colleagues across Cardiff University, for example the School of Physics and School of Biosciences, and participate extensively with the University’s Academic Practice Programme.

We also engage with national networks such as the Higher Education Academy and the sigma network, and collaborate with institutions across the sector including Bath, Edinburgh, Loughborough, Newcastle and Sheffield Hallam.

Aims

The central question is: How can we facilitate effective learning in mathematics?

Broad areas of interest

  • Student academic engagement and fostering active learning environments
  • This incorporates encouraging students to attempt problems, share and discuss ideas, self-reflect and develop their own approaches to solving problems.
  • Particular approaches identified include peer instruction (using "clickers" in large groups or students discussing questions in small groups during lectures), peer-assessment, online forums.
  • Use of learning technology in teaching
  • Questions include how can this be used effectively, and how do we evaluate its usefulness?
  • Particular approaches identified include flipped learning, e-assessments, lecture capture, and the design and use of open source software
  • Developing essential graduate skills
  • Particular skills identified are literacy and communication, problem-solving

Specific areas of interest

  • Provision of Mathematics Support across the university
  • Supporting the transition from school to undergraduate level
  • Personality dimensions and their effects on learning Math anxiety and the impact of mathematical confidence on learning.
  • Innovative approaches to lecturing - e.g. the role of (lecturers’) performance in the quality of learning
  • The analysis of student survey data
  • Work-based learning
  • People

Head of Group

Dr Robert Wilson

Dr Robert Wilson

Senior Lecturer

Email:
wilsonrh@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5517

Academic staff

Dr Dafydd Evans

Dr Dafydd Evans

Lecturer in Operational Research

Email:
evansd8@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0621
Dr Daniel Gartner

Dr Daniel Gartner

Senior Lecturer

Email:
gartnerd@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0850
Dr Jonathan Gillard

Dr Jonathan Gillard

Reader in Statistics
Director of Admissions

Email:
gillardjw@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0619
Dr Vincent Knight

Dr Vincent Knight

Senior Lecturer

Email:
knightva@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 5548
Dr David McConnell

Dr David McConnell

Lecturer

Email:
mcconnelld@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2088794
Dr Mathew Pugh

Dr Mathew Pugh

Senior Lecturer

Welsh speaking
Email:
pughmj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6862
Dr Thomas Woolley

Dr Thomas Woolley

Lecturer in Applied Mathematics

Email:
woolleyt1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
02920 870618

Seminars and workshops

The seminar/workshop programme is a combination of external and internal speakers. The ‘internal’ sessions will be Learning and Teaching Lunches which will typically start with a 15-20 minute presentation leaving the remaining time for discussion and debate.

These will be held at 13:00 on Fridays in M/1.02 unless otherwise stated.

Programme organisers and contacts are Dr Rob Wilson and Dr David McConnell.

Date

Speaker

Seminar

22 March 2019

Begins 14:00

David Aldous (Cardiff Metropolitan University)

Crisis and Creation

The presentation will discuss the pedagogic research investigating the space provided to students to be in crisis. That is, how to create and develop an effective environment to encourage students to think freely and creatively when solving new and unseen problems. The context is not maths specific, and therefore will be of general interest across the full range of disciplines.

Past events

Mathematics Education Research Group Seminars and workshops 2017-18 (PDF)