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Therese Dooley


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Thérèse teaches and coordinates a range of pre-service and in-service mathematics education courses in her role as Senior Lecturer in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies.  She is also involved in the supervision of masters and doctoral theses. She completed her PhD in the University of Cambridge in 2010, with a dissertation entitled 'The construction of mathematical insight by pupils in whole-class conversation’. She was one of the lead authors of the NCCA desktop review of research on mathematics education at early-childhood and primary levels. Thérèse is involved in organization of the biennial conference on research in Mathematics Education in Ireland (MEI) and regularly contributes to and edits its proceedings.She is the UK/Ireland representative on the board of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME) and she chaired its tenth conference (CERME 10) which was held in Dublin in February 2017. She has a particular interest in communities of practice, and has facilitated and researched groups working together on the shared goal of improving mathematics teaching and learning - working, for example, with faculty members of the University of Pristina, Kosovo to support their development of CPD for teachers, with a group of primary and post-primary teachers to explore mathematics teaching and learning across transitions, and with teachers and teacher educators to develop their mathematical knowledge for teaching. Her current focus of research is the development of rich mathematical tasks for use in primary and post- primary settings. 


  Year Publication

Waldron, F., Smith, J., Fitzpatrick, M., & Dooley, T. (Eds.) : Liffey. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME) UK/Ireland representative /
British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) Member /
Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching & Learning (CASTeL) Member /

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

Other University of Malta External Examiner

Invited talk/presentation Joint Conference of British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics and Mathematics Education Ireland (BSRLM-MEI) Developing mathematics learning and teaching in the context of curriculum renewal.

Consultancy National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) Development of mathematics curriculum for 3-8 year olds

Continuous Professional Development/Training University of Prishtina,Kosovo PrimaryMathematics Education

Invited talk/presentation Higher Education Authority Conference Engaging Irish students in mathematical thinking: The importance of starting early

Consultancy Educational Research Centre National tests of mathematics attainment

Other Marino Institute of Education External examiner

Continuous Professional Development/Training Business in the Community Business in the Community tutors

Invited talk/presentation Irish National Teachers' Organisation Teaching mathematics: The power of uncertainty. I

Invited talk/presentation University of Cambridge The construction of insight by primary pupils

Invited talk/presentation Women in Mathematics Day You made me like mathematics’: A journey into the subject.

Consultancy Department of Education and Skills Review of STEM Education in Ireland

Continuous Professional Development/Training Department of Education and Skills CPD in mathematics education for Inspectorate_DES

Research Interests

Mathematical Task Design
Vague Language
Whole-class Discussion
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
Research Ethics
Communities of Practice
Curriculum Development

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Review of research: Mathematics in early childhood and primary education NCCA 01-JAN-14 - 31-DEC-14 Lead researcher 30,000.00
The effects of calculator use on mathematics in schools and in the certificate examinations DES 01-JAN-00 - 31-DEC-08 Co-investigator 120,000.00

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Dr Tugba Aysel NStep Strand 2 (3U project) Research Assistant

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Dr Elizabeth Dunphy DCU IRELAND
Dr Maurice OReilly DCU IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr Gerry Shiel Educational Research Centre IRELAND

Teaching Interests

Primary mathematics teaching and learning