Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
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Loughborough University

Mathematics Education Centre

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Eirini Kouvela

PhD research student

Tel +44 (0)1509 22 8212

Location SCH.1.37 (Schofield Building)


Date of start of studies 1 October 2014

Dr Paul Hernandez-Martinez and Professor Tony Croft.

I started my PhD studies in October 2014 under the supervision of Dr Paul Hernandez-Martinez and Professor Tony Croft.  Prior to this I studied for a BSc in Mathematics (2011) and a MSc in Didactics and Methodology of Mathematics (2014) both at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

I have been working as a private mathematics tutor; as a secondary mathematics teacher for learning support; and, voluntarily in a non-governmental organisation in Greece.  My teaching included Algebra and Geometry at the secondary level.  As an undergraduate student I have carried out my work placement at the Mathematics Education Centre working as an associate researcher.


Research areas

My PhD is focused on the transition from high school to university mathematics.  I am interested in studying first year undergraduate mathematics students during their transition to the department of mathematics.


Kouvela, E., Hernandez-Martinez, P. & Croft, T. (2017). "This is what you need to be learning": An analysis of messages received by first year mathematics students during their transition to university. Mathematics Education Research Journal. 
Kouvela, E., Hernandez-Martinez, P. & Croft, T. (2017). Secondary-Tertiary transition: How messages transmitted by lecturers can influence students' identities as mathematics learners? In Kaur, B., Ho, W.K., Toh, T.L., & Choy, B.H. (Eds.). (2017). Proceedings of the 41st Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol.3). Singapore: PME.
Kouvela, E., Biza, I., Zachariades, T. (2015, February). Tackling the difficulties of the transition from school to university mathematics. Konrad Krainer; Nada Vondrová. Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education, pp.2287-2288. Prague, Czech Republic.
Kouvela, E. (2015, June). The transition from High School to University Mathematics: Messages interpreted by first year mathematics students. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 35(2), 31-36.
Antonopoulos, M., Dallas, M., Kouvela, E. (2014, March).  Mathematics in workplace. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Conference of the Greek Association of Researchers in Mathematics Education. Florina, Greece.
Kalogerakis, G., Kouvela, E., Papandreou, V., Roditi, E. C. (2014, December).  Working for one day as an engineer.  Poster presented at the International Conference of MASCIL Project. Essen, Germany.