Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird
Mr. Peter Mulligan
Dr. Fiacre Ó Cairbre
Dr. Ann O'Shea
Joseph Bennett
Caitríona Ní Shé 
Mr. Brendan O'Sullivan

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 and the Department of Education.

Postgraduate Researchers

Researcher Supervisor(s) Research Topic
Joseph Bennett Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird Biographies in the History of Mathematics (MSc)
Caitríona Ní Shé Dr. Ciarán Mac an Bhaird Assessment for Learning Resources for First Year Undergraduate Mathematics Modules (MSc)
Mr. Brendan O'Sullivan Dr Ann O'Shea & Dr. Sinead Breen (SPD) 'An analysis of mathematical tasks used at second-level in Ireland'. (PhD)


Researcher Supervisor(s) Research Topic
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
Dr. Safia Hamza Dr. Ann O'Shea An investigation of advanced mathematical thinking processes. (PhD) 2013
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

Events Organised