Reader in Mathematics Education at Loughborough University
8 Jul 2019
Colin Foster is a Reader in Mathematics Education in the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University, where he is Director of the Loughborough University Mathematics Education Network, leads an undergraduate module, and teaches pre-service teachers on the PGCE secondary mathematics course.
His research interests in mathematics education focus on the learning and teaching of mathematics in ways that support students’ conceptual understanding. He is particularly interested in the design and use of rich tasks in the mathematics classroom, and in finding ways to enable students to develop the necessary fluency in mathematical processes to support them in solving mathematical problems. He is also exploring the use of confidence assessment as a tool for formative assessment. He supervises PhD students across a variety of topics within mathematics education.
He is currently leading an ESRC-funded project entitled Exploring socially-distributed professional knowledge for coherent curriculum design, which is a collaboration with colleagues from Tokyo Gakugei University, the University of Nottingham and the University of Leicester.
He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology and a member of the Editorial Board of Research in Mathematics Education. He serves on the Executive Committee of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics and he is the Chair of Shell Publications Ltd. He writes regularly for the magazine Teach Secondary and for mathematics teacher professional journals, including Mathematics Teaching and Mathematics in School.