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Mathematics and Science Education (MaSE)

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We have a global reputation for research in the areas of mathematics and science education.

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About

We are an internationally recognised centre for excellence in research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. We aim to create new knowledge and to provide a base for interdisciplinary research and collaboration that addresses local, national, and global challenges. 

We are committed to research in:

  • early mathematics learning and mathematics education in the classroom
  • decision-making, argumentation, and engagement with socio-scientific issues
  • assessment, argumentation, reasoning and proof in secondary and HE mathematics 
  • environmental and sustainability education
  • informal learning environments for STEM education, such as outdoor, museum and family learning
  • the use of digital technologies and new technologies for teaching and learning in STEM, including Computer-Aided Assessment and Interactive Theorem Provers
  • innovative pedagogies in STEM (e.g. game-based learning)
  • teachers’ mathematics and science subject knowledge and teacher preparation
  • design, development and evaluation of textbook and curriculum resources for teaching and learning in STEM

We welcome PhD applications related to the above areas and encourage communication with MaSE research members to discuss ideas further.

Find out more about our research and activity on our MaSE blog.

Research highlights

People, projects and publications

People

Miss Amy Peters

Research interests

  • Writing-to-learn
  • Cognitive processes
  • Quantitative methods
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Dr Andri Christodoulou

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Argumentation within scientific and socio-scientific contexts
  • Dialogic teaching
  • Socio-scientific inquiry-based learning

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Miss Aprillyana Utami

Research interests

  • Cross-cultural borders in science education
  • Pre-service science teachers
  • Contextual learning
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Dr Athina Thoma

Lecturer

Research interests

  • Teaching and learning Mathematics at University level
  • Transitions between Secondary and University Mathematics
  • Students’ proof production – use of an interactive theorem prover

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Ben Davies PhD

Lecturer

Research interests

  • Mathematics education
  • Comparative judgement
  • Assessment methods in higher education

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Carys Hughes

Senior Teaching Fellow

Research interests

  • The science and values underpinning education for biodiversity
  • Teaching and learning about socio-scientific issues
  • Outdoor science education
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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

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Chris Brown

Head of School

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Professor Christian Bokhove

Professor

Research interests

  • Mathematics education in the classroom
  • Technology use in schools
  • Research methods

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Mr David Galbraith

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Psychology of writing
  • Dual-process model of writing process
  • Expressive writing

Accepting applications from PhD students

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