Dr Lorraine Harbison is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics Education in the School of STEM Education, Innovation and Global Studies at the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. She teaches in the areas of primary school mathematics education at undergraduate and postgraduate level and supervises MEd and PhD students. Lorraine holds an honors B.Ed. degree and a Higher Certificate in Froebel Education. She obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne where she focused on mathematical understanding in the lower primary years. She also holds a Facilitator Badge in Universal Design for Teaching and Learning from the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Lorraine has extensive knowledge of the Irish school system. As well as being
an experienced primary school teacher in mainstream and special education
contexts, she has worked as an Education Officer in the areas of early
childhood, primary curriculum and assessment with the National Council for
Curriculum and Assessment.
Lorraine is currently involved in a number of collaborative local, national and international research projects. These include looking at mathematics curriculum design to support teacher efficacy and mathematics subject leadership; examining the factors that contribute to the successful transition in mathematics education for pupils moving from primary to post-primary school; a cross-border study supporting preservice teachers to integrate technology into their mathematics teaching so as to enhance learning; and an international study on embedding literature in mathematics teaching and learning.
Research interestsPrimary school mathematics knowledge and pedagogy.
TPACK: Embedding technology into the teaching and learning of mathematics.
Supporting student teacher efficacy.
Authentic assessment practices.
UDL: Supporting inclusive teaching and learning practices.