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Educational Theories in the Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Mathematics in Higher Education

March 24, 2017

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This three-hour seminar will focus on professional development in educational research theory for researchers in mathematics education, with a particular focus on those whose original background was mathematics. Prof. Jaworski, head of the Mathematics Education Centre in Loughborough University, and Professor of Mathematics Education, is well-placed to deliver such a seminar.

Due to the nature of the subject, closed-book summative examinations are by far the most common form of assessment in mathematics, so there is a real need for discipline-specific investigation into how best to introduce more assessment for and as learning into the field. However, many practitioners and researchers moving into the field of mathematics education may lack some of the theoretical background needed to ensure optimal design evaluation of such new techniques, while retaining academic integrity within the field of mathematics.

This seminar would aim to address some of these knowledge gaps through an intensive workshop incorporating the main educational theories relevant to mathematics education and assessment in mathematics. Participants will be asked to complete a short survey prior to the workshop, to identify the areas least familiar to them and allow the workshop to be tailored to those attending, maximising the usefulness of the session for all involved. Additionally, there will be an emphasis on forming collaborations during the workshop to encourage those with similar interests to further explore use of the relevant theories in their research after the workshop.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To classify the origins and identifying characteristics of the main educational theories in mathematics education
  2. To distinguish between the range of learning theories which most apply to the teaching, learning and assessment of mathematics in higher education
  3. To evaluate the most appropriate educational theories to underpin particular approaches to assessment in mathematics
  4. To discuss the discipline-specific challenges involved in assessment of, for and as learning in mathematics
  5. To identify other colleagues interested in undertaking educational research in assessment in mathematics

Target Audience

Those undertaking research in mathematics education, particularly those who have moved into the field from a mathematics background. This seminar will be open to all those working in HEIs in Ireland, and will be advertised additionally through the Irish Mathematics Learning Support Network (IMLSN) mailing list, as well as the mathdep mailing list.


Workshop – Prof. Barbara Jaworski will attend in person to conduct the workshop with the participants.


Dr. Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn


Dublin City University
Dublin, Ireland + Google Map