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29 January 2019

Women in Science Lecture Series - Talk 1

Presented By Professor Janet Ainley, University of Leicester
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About this event

The Women in Science Lecture Series  is an annual lecture series sponsored and organised by the Loughborough University School of Science. This series features women scientists talking both about about their career and research and about the journey to where they are in their career and how the interactions between their careers and lives outside of work.  The lecture series forms part of the Athena Swan activities of the School of Science.

Speaker: Professor Janet Ainley 

After seven years as a teacher in primary school, I have been a researcher and teacher educator focusing on mathematics education for over thirty years. I have experience of developing and teaching on a range of Initial Teacher Education and Masters programmes. My research interests focus mainly on the design of pedagogic tasks to support the learning of mathematics and statistics, particularly in the primary age-range. I have in the past contributed regularly to international journals and conferences, and been involved in a range of funded projects, most recently involving both mathematics and science education. I have held a number of roles in national and international organisations, and a number of leadership roles in higher education, most recently as Director of the School of Education at Leicester. I am now mostly retired and focus my time on the supervision of Doctoral students.

Lunch: 12.30 pm to 1.00 pm (Stewart Mason Foyer Area)


Part 1: Contextualising School Mathematics, 1.00 pm - 1.40 pm


In this presentation I will try to give a flavour of the research questions that have engaged me for most of my career. These concern how children, and teachers, make sense of mathematical ideas and activities in the classroom, and how these might differ from the ways in which mathematics is used in real life contexts. I will illustrate this with some examples theoretical frameworks and pedagogic activities I have developed to allow children to experience the power and the usefulness of mathematics.

Part 2: The Joy of Herding Cats, 1.50pm to 2.30pm


Academic leadership is often compared to the challenge of herding cats. Unsurprisingly many academics work hard to avoid taking on such responsibilities, not least because of the negative impact leadership roles can have on research activity. As a cat-lover, I want to talk about the rewards I have experienced in leadership roles, and the factors that have supported me through the challenges.