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Dr Charis Voutsina

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Mathematics Learning in the Early Years and Primary school education
  • Family engagement and socio-cultural influences in early mathematics learning
  • Teacher Education and Development

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Accepting applications from PhD students.


Address: B32, East Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

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Charis specialises in Early and Primary Mathematics Education with expertise in the teaching and learning of early mathematics concepts, the development of mathematical reasoning and problem solving strategies, and children’s understanding and use of mathematical symbols. She also has an interest in researching the initial and continuing professional development of teachers. Charis has expertise in the use of qualitative methods within different research designs such as, case studies, microgenetic research, longitudinal qualitative studies, and phenomenography. She has supervised more than 10 doctoral research projects to successful completion.

Information on Charis's most recent research projects can be found here:


Recent publications:

Voutsina, C. & Stott, D. (2023). Preschool children’s conceptions of the meanings and use of written numerals in everyday life: A phenomenographic study of the nature and structure of qualitative variation. Educational Studies in Mathematics.    

George, L. & Voutsina, C. (2023). Children engaging with partitive quotient tasks: Elucidating qualitative heterogeneity within the Image Having layer of the Pirie–Kieren model. Mathematics Education Research Journal.

Voutsina, C., Alderton, J., Wilson, K., Ineson, G. Donaldson, G., & Rowland, T. (2021). Preservice teachers’ expressed awarenesses: Emerging threads of retro-spection of learning and pro-spection of teaching. Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, 25, 191–215.

Roles and responsibilities include:

Co-Lead Mathematics and Science Education (MaSE) Research Centre (2022 - present)

Doctoral Programme Director (2022 - present)

Doctoral Programme Associate Director and PGR Admissions Tutor (2021-2022)

Member of the Faculty of Social Sciences Ethics Committee - Ethics reviewer (2017-2021)

Advanced Programmes and MSc Education Programme Director (2015-2017)

MSc Education Admissions Tutor (2013-2017)

Charis is a member of the Editorial Board for the academic journal Research in Mathematics Education (RME), as well as a member of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI).

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