Maths education

We have considerable expertise in mathematics education research, working alongside colleagues in the Mathematics Education Research Group.

Our expertise and methods
Current and recent research includes

  • evaluating school teacher CPD
  • curriculum development evaluation
  • evaluation of intervention projects in schools

We use a range of methods including

  • literature reviews of resources
  • surveys of practitioners
  • case studies of schools and teachers
  • randomised controlled trials (RCTs)

Current and recent research projects

  • Longitudinal evaluation for the England-China maths education innovation research project (Shanghai teacher exchange) (2014-2018) Department for Education
  • Evaluation of Scratch programming and its impact on computational thinking (2014-2017) Education Endowment Foundation
  • Research into the mentoring of FE and Skills STEM teachers (2014)
  • Research into subject specific training for FE and Skills teachers (2014-2015)
  • Mathematics in the Making (2013-2016) Comenius, European Union
  • Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (2014-16) Mathematics in Education and Industry
  • The Evaluation of the Mathematics Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Support Programme Managed by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (2013 - 2014) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • Evaluation of the Primary Mathematics Host Schools Project of the National Centre for Excellent in Teaching Mathematics (2013) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • Evaluation of the Multiplicative Reasoning Project (2013–14) Department for Education
  • Making Research Accessible and Relevant to Practising Teachers - National Priority Project (2010-11) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • Mathematics for a stronger society study (2010) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching of Mathematics.
  • Assessing the Impact of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics on Teachers and Learners (2009-2010) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics
  • cre8ate maths (2007-2010) Yorkshire Forward
  • Evaluation of the Mathematics Development Programme for Teachers (MDPT) and Science Additional Specialism (SASP) Pilots (2007-09) Training and Development Agency
  • Study of Secondary Mathematics and Science Subject Knowledge Enhancement Provision (2007-08) Training and Development Agency
  • Collaborative Practice in Developing ICT Geometry Pedagogy (2006-2007) National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics

Find out more

Email Mark Boylan at m.s.boylan@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 6012.

Staff undertaking this research include:

  • Dr Gill Adams
  • Dr Mark Boylan
  • Mike Coldwell
  • Sean Demack
  • Dr Tim Jay
  • Dr Bronwen Maxwell
  • Prof Hilary Povey
  • Anna Stevens
  • Ben Willis
  • Claire Wolstenholme
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