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Dr Matt Homer In many contexts, mathematical self-efficacy is known to be important, and distinct, predictor of mathematical attainment and the nature of further participation in the study of mathematics and mathematically-based disciplines. This study reports on the results of cross-sectional questionnaire-based study of over 500 former International Baccalaureate® students who had studied higher level…
To introduce the new Physics Education Research Group (PERG) Speakers Dr Alison Voice – Rationale for the new research group and overview of current projects Samantha Pugh – What’s the problem with 2nd year? Dr Rob Purdy – Does digital learning work in Physics? Dr Ross Galloway – Physics education research at Edinburgh University Abstract…
Professor Jill Adler Jill Adler holds the SARChI Mathematics Education Chair at the University of the Witwatersrand, which focuses on research and development in secondary mathematics education. Jill has spearheaded several large-scale teacher development projects, the most recent, within the Chair ambit, begun in 2009, is called the Wits Maths Connect Secondary project. This work…
Elizabeth Horncastle The ability of pharmacists to accurately perform pharmaceutical calculations in practice is crucial to public safety. Therefore the teaching and assessment of calculation skills forms an essential part of pharmacy students’ training. All pharmacy students must have GCSE mathematics at Grade C or above before starting their undergraduate studies. However there are a…
Professor Jim Ryder, Professor of Science Education, School of Education In this seminar we will be discussing a potential research funding proposal that I am currently developing. This proposal is currently at the conceptualisation, literature review and focus phase. Detail of methodology, design and approaches to analysis have yet to be developed. In addition to…
Professor Andrew Noyes, University of Nottingham Abstract This seminar will draw together recent and ongoing research on A-level mathematics, and mathematics in A-levels, in the context of curriculum and assessment reforms and an ongoing government commitment to maths for all to 18.  The Nuffield-funded Rethinking the Value of Advanced Mathematics Participation (REVAMP) project has utilised…
Research Student Sinead Marian D’Silva will be discussing her research into the employability of physics graduates. Abstract This seminar will be based on my research for my PhD. The employability agenda in UK has been embedded into the Higher Education landscape and has generated responses that range across a spectrum of absolute endorsement to wholehearted…
Professor Graham Orpwood Abstract Data from a variety of national and international projects such as PISA have raised questions about the adequacy of numeracy levels of British adults and children. In Canada, too, we have had similar questions and concerns and, in a recent paper (published on the internet at www.numeracygap.ca), I and a colleague…
Visiting Professor Jan van Driel, Leiden University, Netherlands Abstract In this seminar, I will explore ways to make educational innovations practical and manageable for teachers. The seminar is based on research on changes in teachers’ knowledge and classroom practice in the context of innovations. I will discuss  how educative curricular materials and  teachers’ educational goals…
Dr Matt Homer Background It is well known that England is an outlier when it comes to post-16 participation in mathematics (Hodgen et al, 2010; Hillman 2014). As part of a wider ‘overhaul’ of the school mathematics curriculum (DfE, 2013), one potential policy solution to this problem is Core Mathematics, a new post-16 level 3…