Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird
Dr. David Malone
Dr. Fiacre Ó Cairbre
Dr. Ann O'Shea
Mr. Peter Mulligan
Mr. Joseph Bennett
Nathan McJames

Research Topics
The group is interested in many aspects of Mathematics Education at second level, third level and among the general public. At second level, work is being carried out on the impact of assessment on teaching and learning, and on the provision of resources to teachers. At third level, topics such as the effectiveness of support initiatives, the motivation and goal orientation of students, the use of technology in the classroom, and the processes involved in advanced mathematical thinking are being explored. The role of the History of Mathematics in Mathematics Education is also being investigated. In addition, the group is involved in a wide variety of outreach activities and was instrumental in the establishment of the Irish Mathematics Support Network.

Researchers in this group work closely with colleagues in Ireland and the UK. The work of the group has recently been funded by NAIRTL, the Department of Education, The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, and the EU-FP7 fund.

Postgraduate Researchers - Current

Researcher Supervisor(s) Research Topic
Nathan McJames Professor Ann O'Shea &
Professor Andrew Parnell
Causal Inference Machine Learning Algorithms Applied to International Large-Scale Educational Assessments (PhD)
Joseph Bennett Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird HJSS Smith and the Sums of Squares (PhD)

Postgraduate Researchers - Graduated

Researcher Supervisor(s) Research Topic
Judi Mills Dr. Ann O'Shea A study of the experience of gifted mathematics students at second level (PhD)
Caitríona Ní Shé Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird & Dr Eabhnat Ní Fhloinn (DCU) Assessment for Learning Resources for First Year Undergraduate Mathematics Modules (PhD)
Dr. Tugba Aysel Dr. Ann O'Shea &
Dr. Sinead Breen (SPD)
An Exploration of the Effect of High-Stakes Examinations on the Teaching &
Learning of Mathematics in Post-primary Education in Turkey and Ireland . (PhD) 2012
Mr. Martin Grehan Dr. Ann O' Shea &
Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird
A Study of First Year Students’ Mathematics Learning Experiences at Maynooth University. (MSc) 2013
Dr. Safia Hamza Dr. Ann O'Shea An investigation of advanced mathematical thinking processes. (PhD) 2013
Dr. Brendan O'Sullivan Dr Ann O'Shea & Dr. Sinead Breen (SPD) 'An analysis of mathematical tasks used at second-level in Ireland'. (PhD) 2017

Postdoctoral Researchers

Researcher Supervisor(s) Research Topic
Dr. Diarmaid Hyland Dr Ann O'Shea Adopting active learning approaches in university mathematics.

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