Mathematics education research comprises a broad spectrum of activities which have the aim of better understanding how students successfully learn mathematics. This spectrum spans from research in cognitive science and psychology to teaching experiments on how to improve classroom practice. Research deals not only with teachers and students, but also with curriculum and assessment and with educational systems. The ultimate aim is to raise levels of participation and achievement in mathematics.
Research in this area in the School of Mathematical Sciences is carried out under the auspices of the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTeL). The focus in CASTeL is on enhancing the impact of the full spectrum of teaching, learning and assessment activities in the laboratory and in the classroom. Research is carried out in relation to all levels (1st - 4th) of the Irish education system. There is an important relationship with teacher education degrees within the university: the BScs in Science Education and in Physical Education with Mathematics in DCU and the BEd. Also, research is frequently carried out in relation to the core and support mathematics and science teaching activities within the university.
If you are interested in doing research in Mathematics Education at DCU, please contact one of the staff members named above. See also general information For Prospective Research Students.
Mathematical task design, threshold concepts in mathematics, teacher noticing.
Mathematics support. Diagnostic testing, Mindset, Transition from Post-Primary to Higher Education
Mathematics teacher education. Teaching & learning in third level mathematics