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Aisling Twohill

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C309

T: Ext. 2146
E: Aisling.Twohill@dcu.ie
Lecturer - Mathematics Education

C309
St Patrick's Campus
Dublin City University
Drumcondra
Dublin 9

T: +353 1 8842146
M: +353 (0) 86 6002823
E: aisling.twohill@dcu.ie



Biography

Aisling Twohill is a lecturer in Mathematics Education, in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies. In 2012 Aisling was awarded the Michael Jordan Fellowship of St Patrick's College, and she held this position until September 2015.

Aisling completed her PhD in DCU, wherein she examined the algebraic thinking of children attending primary school in Ireland, within the context of shape patterning. Her research interests encompass the role of shape patterning in children's developing thinking; and assessment of children's thinking through task-based interviews. Other interests include the complex interplay between theory and practice in teacher education, interventions to stretch the thinking of all children, and the potential of mathematical literacy to support critical thinking and active citizenship.

Aisling teaches on all Mathematics Education modules of the BEd, PMEP and MEd programmes and is a year head on the BEd programme. She supervises students at postgraduate level, where she has a particular interest in practicing teachers (primary and secondary) exploring progressive approaches to support children's thinking.

Aisling's ongoing research projects include an international collaboration to develop materials for the teaching of algebra in senior primary and junior secondary school; and a collaborative project in DCU investigating the efficacy beliefs of student teachers about the teaching of mathematics.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Observations of Structure within Shape Patterns'
Aisling Twohill (2018) 'Observations of Structure within Shape Patterns' In: Carolyn Kieran (eds). Teaching and Learning Algebraic Thinking with 5- to 12-Year Olds. Chennai, India: Springer. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2019 BSRLM,
Aisling Twohill (2019) Invited presentation on mathematics education in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], BSRLM, Belfast , 09-NOV-19 [Details]
2016 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education 2016,
Twohill, A. (2016) The approaches to solution of shape patterns adopted by children attending Irish primary schools. [], 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education 2016, University of Hamburg , 23-JUL-16 - 31-JUL-16 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Using shared picture books in mathematics'
Twohill, A. & Fitzgerald, E. (2020) 'Using shared picture books in mathematics' Intouch, (194) :54-55. [Details]
2020 'An algebra lesson using shape patterns'
Twohill, A. & Neary, P. (2020) 'An algebra lesson using shape patterns' Intouch, (194) :52-53. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2019 MEI 7 - Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland
Fitzgerald, E. & Twohill, A. (2019) Investigating the effects of shared picture book reading on parental involvement in mathematics . In: Harbison, L. & Twohill, A eds. MEI 7 - Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland Dublin, , 11-OCT-19 - 12-OCT-19 , pp.83-90 [Details]
2019 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Twohill, A., NicMhuirí, S., & Kingston, M (2019) Micro-ethnography of collaboration: sharing perspectives and broadening lenses within a community of practice . In: M. Graven, H. Venkat, A. Essien, & P. Vale eds. 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Pretoria, South Africa, , 07-JUL-19 - 12-JUL-19 [Details]
2019 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Twohill, A., Breen, S., Venkat, H. & Roberts, N (2019) Working group: Task design for early algebra . In: M. Graven, H. Venkat, A. Essien, & P. Vale eds. 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Pretoria, South Africa, , 07-JUL-19 - 12-JUL-19 , pp.185-186 [Details]
2019 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Twohill, A., McAuliffe, S., & Steinweg, A. (2019) Comparison and critique of early algebra in the curricula of South Africa, Germany and Ireland . In: M. Graven, H. Venkat, A. Essien, & P. Vale eds. 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Pretoria, South Africa, , 07-JUL-19 - 12-JUL-19 , pp.110-110 [Details]
2019 MEI 7 - Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland
Harbison, L. & Twohill A. (Eds) (2019) Proceedings . In: Harbison, L. & Twohill, A eds. MEI 7 - Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland Dublin, [DOI] [Details]
2019 Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland
Siún NicMhuirí, Aisling Twohill, Lorraine Harbison (2019) INVESTIGATING MATHEMATICS TEACHER EFFICACY BELIEFS IN PRIMARY INITIAL TEACHER EDUCATION . In: Lorraine Harbison and Aisling Twohill eds. Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland https://zenodo.org/record/3580787#.XkK7zMiny2c, , pp.31-34 [Details]
2018 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
Aisling Twohill (2018) Shape patterning tasks: The role played by collaboration in supporting children’s thinking . In: E. Bergqvist, M. Österholm, C. Granberg, & L. Sumpter eds. 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education Umea, Sweden, , 03-JUL-18 - 08-JUL-18 , pp.177-177 [Details]
2017 CERME10
Aisling Twohill (2017) Shape patterning tasks: An exploration of how children build upon their observations when asked to construct general terms CERME10 Dublin, , 01-FEB-17 - 05-FEB-17 [Details]
2016 9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME 9)
Twohill, A. (2016) Generalising from visual spatial patterns . In: Konrad Krainer; Naďa Vondrová eds. 9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education (CERME 9) Charles University, Prague, , pp.506-507 [Details]
2014 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME 8)
Twohill, A. (2014) Designing a clinical interview to assess algebraic reasoning skills . In: S. Pope eds. 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education (BCME 8) Nottingham, UK, , pp.327-334 [Details]
2014 The British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
Twohill, A. (2014) Exploring the generalisation strategies children apply to visual spatial patterns . In: G. Adams eds. The British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Southampton, , pp.73-78 [Details]
2013 5th Conference on Research in Mathematics Education
Twohill, A. (2013) Exploring the role of patterns: Early algebra in the Irish primary mathematics curriculum . In: T. Dooley, S. Nic Mhuirí, M. O'Reilly & R. Ward eds. 5th Conference on Research in Mathematics Education Dublin, , pp.332-343 [Details]
2013 The British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
Twohill, A. (2013) Algebraic reasoning in primary school: developing a framework of growth points . In: C. Smith eds. The British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Sheffield, UK, , pp.55-60 [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2020 Algebra in the senior primary classes: Commissioned research paper.
Twohill, A. (2020) Algebra in the senior primary classes: Commissioned research paper. NCCA, Dublin. [Details]

Newspaper

  Year Publication
2015 SCOPE.
Twohill, A. (2015) SCOPE. Newspaper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2012 Michael Jordan Fellowship St Patrick's College, Drumcondra

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI) Member /
International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) Member /
British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics BSRLM /
European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (ERME) Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education Research Centre / Ongoing
Quality Promotion Committee Committee member 2019 / Ongoing
MEI 7 - Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland Chair 2018 / 2020
CERME10 2017 Local Organising Committee YERME Day coordinator 2016 / 2017

Reviews

  Journal Role
Irish Educational Studies Reviewer

Other Activities

  Description

Year head for the 4th year of the Bachelor of Education.

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2017
Consultancy NCCA Invited by the NCCA to act as critical friend in the development of the revised Primary School Mathematics Curriculum Algebra Strand. Supported the translation of research and theory into the description of prescribed content for teaching.

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2019
Educational Outreach/Public Engagement Midlands Science Board member of Midlands Science, an NGO dedicated to engaging society in STEM.

2020
Presentations/Talks to an external audience National Adult Literacy Agency Presentation at the NALA literacy conference 2020 on everyday interepretations and applications of algebra for adult learners.

2017
Other VSI Chair of the Board of Voluntary Service International (VSI), an NGO working to promote peace and solidarity by engaging people in volunteering programs. VSI supports the engagement of people of all ages, with and without fewer opportunities.

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
SCOPE: A mathematics supplement for primary school teachers and pupils 2016 Newspaper article (Print) Aisling Twohill

Research Interests

Mathematics Education
Education
STEM Education
Algebraic thinking
Assessment
Formative assessment
Inquiry based learning
Equity within mathematics education

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching Early Algebra HEA 01-JAN-19 - 31-DEC-19 Principal Investigator 9,830.00
The Design Challenge of Programme Change in Initial Teacher Education DCU Shared Reseach Fund 01-SEP-17 - 30-JUN-18 Researcher 3,750.00

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Kingston , Mary PhD-track Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Siún Nic Mhuirí DCU IRELAND
Lorraine Harbison DCU IRELAND
Therese Dooley DCU IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Professor Anna Steinweg University of Bamberg GERMANY
Dr Sharon Mc Auliffe Cape Peninsula University of Technology SOUTH AFRICA

Teaching Interests

Mathematics Education: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
BEd1: ED1016: STEM and Social Studies, Mathematics Education component
BEd3: ED3013: Local Studies and Mathematics, Mathematics Education Component

PME1: ED8034: Inquiry-based learning in STEM, Mathematics Education component
PME2: ED8053: Inquiry-based learning in STEM, Mathematics Education component

Masters of Education: Mathematics Education Specialism





Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2020 Description of 2020_ED1016 ED1016Subject of 2020_ED1016
2020 Mathematics Education ED2031Mathematics Education
2020 Engaging in Lesson Study SG815Engaging in Lesson Study
2020 Mathematics Education ED8090Mathematics Education
2020 Doing Mathematics (Subject Matter Knowledge) SG216Doing Mathematics (Subject Matter Knowledge)
2020 Description of 2020_ED8046 ED8046Subject of 2020_ED8046