Sinead Breen


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Sinéad is a lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences. Her PhD in asymptotic analysis was undertaken in DCU and she also completed a postgraduate Cert in Education with the Open University on Researching Mathematics Learning. Sinead’s current research interests are in mathematics education, particularly at undergraduate level and at senior cycle of second-level. These include the classification of mathematical tasks currently used for mathematics teaching and assessment at second level in Ireland and exploring the means by which (higher order) mathematical thinking skills can be developed, in particular through the careful design and implementation of mathematical tasks.  Sinéad has also been involved in projects engaging in inquiry into and reflection on one's own teaching practice as a form of continuous professional development using different methodologies such as Lesson Study and Mason’s Discipline of Noticing.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2021 O'Shea, A., Breen, S. (2021) 'Students’ Views on Transition to University: The Role of Mathematical Tasks'. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, . [DOI]
2020 Aysel, T.; O'Shea, A.; Breen, S. (2020) 'Students’ Attitudes to Mathematics Learning and Assessment in Turkey and Ireland / Sayfalar : 26-38PDF'. International Journal of Educational Studies in Mathematics, 7 (1):26-38. [Link]
2019 Breen, S., O'Shea, A. (2019) 'Designing Mathematical Thinking Tasks'. PRIMUS, 19 (1):9-20. [DOI]
2017 O'Shea, A., Breen, S. & Meehan, M. (2017) 'Decision points in mathematics lectures'. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, . [DOI]
2017 Breen, S., Larson, N., O'Shea, A., Pettersson, K. (2017) 'A study of students' concept images of inverse functions'. Nordic Studies in Mathematics Education - Nordisk Matematikkdidaktikk, NOMAD, 22 (4):85-102.
2016 Breen, S;O'Shea, A;Pfeiffer, K (2016) 'Students' views of example generation tasks'. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications, 35 :27-40. [DOI]
2016 O'Shea, A., Breen, S., Jaworski, B. (2016) 'The Development of a Function Concept Inventory'. International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education, 2 (3):279-296.
2016 Breen, S. O'Shea, A. (2016) 'Threshold Concepts and Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching'. PRIMUS, 26 (9):837-847.
2014 Breen, S;McCluskey, A;Meehan, M;O'Donovan, J;O'Shea, A (2014) 'A year of engaging with the discipline of noticing: five mathematics lecturers' reflections'. Teaching in Higher Education, 19 :289-300. [DOI]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2018 Breen, S., O'Shea, A. (2018) 'Threshold Concepts and Undergraduate Mathematics Teaching' In: Best Writing on Mathematics 2017. New Jersey : Princeton University Press.
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