Mathematics Education Research Centre

The Mathematics Education Research Centre is situated in the Faculty of Education and Communities. The centre has a long history of engaging in pedagogical research in Mathematics Education and runs research seminars and conferences.

The centre has strong external links through the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM). We will be hosting the BSRLM conference in summer 2018.

Centre members have presented papers at national and international conferences, such as the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) and the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME). We are developing links with Beijing Union University through the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Confucius Institute.

We have close links to the teaching profession through partnerships with regional education consortia and with partnership schools. We have strong links with the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) locally and host masterclasses each year. We hope to play a significant role as partners in the proposed National Network for Excellence in Mathematics.

The Mathematics Education Research Centre aims to offer national/international research leadership and collaboration within a range of themes associated with Mathematics Education, including:

  • Assessment for leaning in mathematics;
  • The development of mathematical thinking skills;
  • Developing numeracy across the curriculum;
  • Dialogical teaching and reflective discourse;
  • The development of metacognition and mathematical thinking skills;
  • The teaching of problem-solving and mathematical modelling;
  • Self-efficacy in mathematics and students' use of self-regulated learning strategies;
  • The effective use of ICT in the learning of mathematics;
  • Developing excellence in mathematics teaching.

Current research projects within the Mathematics Education Research Centre include:

  • Student choices of STEM subjects at A-level and university;
  • Action research to develop excellence in teaching mathematics;
  • Exploring changes in pupil motivation towards mathematics as pupils move up through secondary school;
  • Improving students’ mathematical understanding by engaging with underlying mathematical structure;
  • Developing resilience and efficacy in mathematical problem-solving;
  • Trainee teachers’ perceptions of the nature of numeracy and the extent to which they feel confident to teach higher order numeracy across the secondary school curriculum;
  • An exploration of collaborative problem-solving and young children’s conceptual development of number.

There are currently five part-time PhD students within the Mathematics Education Research Centre. The following members of staff at UWTSD are associated with the centre:

We are proud to have counted Dr Howard Tanner as one of our research active staff, prolific in his involvement in Mathematics Education Research: his publications can be found here.


If you would like to know more about the Mathematics Education Research Centre and our activities or explore the possibility of collaboration or study, please contact helen.denny@uwtsd.ac.uk