I have been at Loughborough since 2015, having completed BSc in Social Psychology, and have been fortunate enough to work in the Mathematics Education Department from 2016 as a research assistant. In 2020, I received funding from the Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) to continue my own studies looking at early mathematics learning on a 1+3 studentship.
My research is looking at manipulative use in the early years. Specifically, I am interested in different manipulative features (e.g., bright colours, textures, shapes) and how these influence children’s learning and performance. I am also interested in the extent to which evidence and recommendations from current research align with practitioners’ views and experiences when using manipulatives in more naturalistic classroom settings.