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Practitioner Research in Mathematics Education (PRiME) 2023

The aim of the Practitioner Research in Mathematics Education (PRiME) event is to provide a supportive platform for teachers of mathematics in early years, primary, secondary, further education or higher education to share their classroom research projects about any aspects of mathematics teaching and learning with fellow practitioners. The event also aims to develop practitioners’ research skills through a keynote talk, workshops and presentations by fellow practitioners. We are delighted that Dr Nancy Barclay, our keynote speaker, will share her experiences of close-to-practice research. The day is organised by the BERA Mathematics Education SIG in collaboration with the British Society for Research in Learning Mathematics (BSRLM).


10:30 Welcome and Introduction
10:40 Parallel presentations from practitioner researchers
(2 papers, 15 mins each followed by 10 minutes of discussion)
  Breakout room 1
Chair: Dr Gill Adams
Breakout room 2
Chair: Dr Ouhao Chen
  Students’ Emotions, Values, and Expectancies Towards Compulsory Resits in Mathematics
Amber Barnitt, Leeds City College
Can you show me what it is not? Representations of ‘non-examples’ as a tool for developing pre-service primary mathematics teachers pedagogical content knowledge and intra-mathematical connections.
Jack Stothard, University of Derby
  Do teachers exemplify perseverance in mathematical reasoning whilst problem solving? If so, what enables this behaviour, if not what factors prevent it?
Keiha Dhruev, Shaftesbury School
How does tuition support Initial Teacher Trainees to adapt their teaching of mathematics in a responsive way, whilst adhering to the principles of a mastery approach?
Christina Turner, Leeds Trinity University
11:30 Break
11:40 Keynote Lecture: Nancy Barclay, University of Brighton
“I thought she would get there first but I did”: how close observation of mixed attainment mathematics enabled the voice of the lower attainer to emerge.
12:10 Breakout discussion groups
12:30 Questions and discussion
12:45 Lunch & screen break
13:30 Parallel presentations from practitioner researchers
(3 papers, 15 mins each followed by 10 minutes of discussion)
  Breakout room 1
Chair: Dr Gill Adams
Breakout room 2
Chair: Dr Ouhao Chen
  Disciplinary Literacy: Models and Strategies to improve student engagement in the mathematics classroom
Kay Green, Harris Academy Bermondsey
The Role of Interactive Tutorials in Undergraduate Mathematics
Sang Hyun Kim, University of Auckland
  A Pilot Study of the Development of Subitizing and Counting Skills and Motivational Orientation Towards Number Learning Among Reception Students in the U.K.: The Role of Abacus Training
Sisi Lin, University of Cambridge
The challenge of teaching and learning Angles: a pedagogic intervention
Henry Iberi, Oldbury Academy
  Children’s Experiences of Learning Mathematics in the Outdoors
Lewis Barrett-Rodger, Anglia Ruskin University
Teaching problem solving across contextual boundaries: A case study of curricular transfer between Egypt and the UK
Mariam Makramalla, NewGiza University
14:45 Making connections
(SIG convenors lead discussion on making connections in research)
15:15 Close of event

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Gwen Ineson, Dr

Reader in Mathematics Education at Brunel University

Gwen Ineson is a Reader in Mathematics Education at Brunel University London, where she is Deputy Head of the Department of Education. She supervises a number of doctoral researchers and her main teaching is on the primary PGCE, where she is...

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Gill Adams, Dr

Reader in Education at Sheffield Hallam University

Gill is a Reader in Education at the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE), Sheffield Hallam University. She came into higher education after seventeen years’ experience teaching and leading secondary mathematics and six years as a...

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Claire Tyson, Dr

Teacher Researcher at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre

Claire Tyson is a teacher researcher based at Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre, where she combines teaching science with her research post. Her PhD was obtained by studying part time with Queen Mary, University of London in Clinical...

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Emma Taylor, Dr

LSE Fellow at London School of Economics & Political Science

Emma Taylor has over 12 years of experience teaching Geography to secondary school students in London. Alongside teaching, she has recently undertaken the role of Research Lead at the school in which she currently works. Her research role...

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Joyce Chen, Dr

Further Education Lecturer and Teacher Educator at The College of West Anglia/University Centre West Anglia

Dr Joyce I-Hui Chen has recently been awarded her PhD in Education Studies. She has been working in different educational sectors for more than 20 years in Taiwan and in the United Kingdom (UK), from primary education to higher education. Her...

Keynote speaker

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Nancy Barclay, Dr

Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education at University of Brighton

Dr Nancy Barclay is a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton. Her research interests are in primary mathematics education, in particular mixed-attainment learning in primary schools and the nature of pupil dialogue in mathematics...


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Amber Barnitt, Mrs

Course Leader at Leeds City College

Amber Barnitt is a course leader in Teacher Education. She has previously taught GCSE maths in a further education college.

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Jack Stothard, Dr

Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies at University of Derby

Jack Bryne Stothard is a Senior Lecturer in Postgraduate Studies, Assistant Programme Leader for the Doctorate of Education, Teacher Education Research and Innovation Cluster lead and Ethics Champion in the Institute of Education at the...

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Keiha Dhruev, Mr

Lead Practitioner, Mathematics at Sherborne Area Schools Trust

I am the mathematics lead practitioner for Sherborne Area Schools Trust (SAST) a multi academy trust in North Dorset and Somerset. On a day-to-day basis I teach students from KS3 to KS5. I also work supporting new mathematics teachers,...

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Christina Turner, Ms

Senior Lecturer/Maths PGCE Tutor at Leeds Trinity University

Christina Turner is a Senior Lecturer (PGCE Maths Tutor) at Leeds Trinity University. She is also a Lead Maths Specialist for White Rose Maths. Christina has taught maths in secondary schools for over 20 years and still continues to enjoy...

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Kay Green, Ms

Lead Practitioner for Mathematics, MSc Candidate (Learn & Teach) at Oxford University at Harris Academy Bermondsey

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Sang Hyun Kim, Mr

Doctoral Candidate at University of Auckland

Sang Hyun is in the first year of his doctoral study in mathematics education at the University of Auckland under the supervision of Dr Tanya Evans. His current research interest lies in the affordances of various teaching models at the...

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sisi lin, Ms

Faculty of Education

I have been interested in child development from both a cognitive and social-emotional perspective. I originally planned to train as a child psychoanalyst until I founded a Chinese school sponsored by University College London after my master’s...

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Henry Iberi, Mr

Teacher at Oldbury Academy

Henry is a teacher/researcher and experienced Mathematics specialist. His first foray into practitioner research was in a role where he conducted Action Research to investigate how students used formative assessment in their learning of Maths....

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Lewis Barrett-Rodger, Dr

Deputy Headteacher and Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University

Lewis Barrett-Rodger is the deputy headteacher of a primary school in Essex, recognised as a centre of excellence for outdoor learning. In addition, he is a primary maths specialist and course lead for an initial teaching training provider and a...

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Mariam Makramalla, Dr

Assistant Professor at NewGiza University

Mariam Makramalla is an educational consultant and scholar whose work is mostly concerned with socio-cultural and socio-political questions of educational transfer across contextual boundaries. As a Cambridge Partnership consultant, she has been...