Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Interest Group
The Culture, Pedagogy and Identity Interest Group has expertise in the analysis of existing pedagogical practice, in the design and evaluation of novel practices, and in the research-based promotion of teaching development. Of particular interest to the group are the mechanisms by which students' mathematical identity is shaped by their university experiences and the ways in which the practices and cultures of university level mathematics influence teaching and learning. Academics in the Centre have taken leading roles in several national and international teaching initiatives, including the sigma Mathematics and Statistics Support Network, and the Helping Engineers Learn Mathematics initiative. Staff in the group run the mathcentre website which contains resources designed to help bridge the divide between sixth-form and university studies: the site is accessed by around 150,000 students every year. Group activities include a long-running 'How we Teach' seminar series, which contributes to a teaching discourse among those teaching mathematics.
The research of members in this group includes work in the fields of:
Mathematics teaching and support
Backwash effects of summative assessment; Development and evaluation of mathematics and statistics support activities; Theories of learning and their relevance to teaching; Communities of inquiry in teacher education; Teachers' beliefs and knowledge.
Mathematics teaching and learning practices seen from socio-cultural theoretical frameworks; tracking the identities of teachers/lecturers and undergraduate students where mathematics is an important component of their education; development of practices that can engage students in deep meaningful learning or that can help them in their transition to university.
Impact of computer algebra systems, hand-held voting devices, and dynamic geometry environments; Development of novel technology enhanced learning approaches.