Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

Centre Staff

Dr Paul Hernandez-Martinez


Tel +44 (0)1509 22 2864

Location SCH.1.41 (Schofield Building)


I completed a BSc (Applied Mathematics) at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, and an MEd and a PhD (Mathematics Education) at the University of Leeds. I worked as a Research Associate at The University of Manchester before taking my current post as a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Loughborough University in 2010.

Research areas

My research is in Mathematics Education in Further (College) and Higher (University) Education. I am particularly interested in socio-cultural theories of education because I believe that social and cultural factors are not only causative but constitutive of learning: the practice of “learning mathematics” is shaped not only by what happens “inside the head” (cognitive theoretical perspectives) but also by social norms, cultural tools, the teaching/learning approach, a set of priorities, dispositions and expectations, et cetera, all of which are socio-cultural in nature.

More particularly, I am interested in activity theory perspectives on transfer / transition (e.g. boundary crossing from school to university or from mathematics to science / engineering – the work of “brokers” and “boundary objects” in facilitating transitions) and identity (e.g. reflective identity work in social settings and its impact on teaching practices – inspirational teachers and their influence as “role models” in students’ aspirations).

I am also interested in dialogic pedagogies, not only as a way to encourage engagement, collaboration and achievement in the classroom but also as a way to enable students’ active, responsible and critical participation in society. In this respect, I am interested in researching pedagogies that bring together people from different backgrounds (e.g. learning in hybrid Third Spaces), pedagogies that stimulate inquiry, dialogue and deep meaning-making (e.g. mathematical modelling and problem-solving) and pedagogies that make use of technological advances (e.g. pencasts, Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), Computer-Aided Assessment (CAA) for formative purposes).

External activities

  • Honorary Research Fellow in the Manchester Institute of Education at The University of Manchester.
  • Member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Dialogic Pedagogy: an international online journal.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • MEC’s postgraduate admissions tutor.
  • Member of the MEC’s Research Committee.
  • Tutor responsible for the MEC’s postgraduate training workshops.
  • Programme Director - BSc Mathematics with Mathematics Education