Designing professional development to improve the teaching of school mathematics

   Mathematics Education Centre

  Dr C Foster  Monday, July 01, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

A project in this area will aim to improve our knowledge about effective design of professional development for school teachers of mathematics.

Secondary teachers have highly demanding jobs, and fitting in opportunities for professional development is a challenge. It is essential to maximise the potential of professional development experiences and devise ways in which teachers can benefit as much as possible from these. One-size-fits-all standalone days of professional development training can be expensive, disruptive to schools, and are unlikely to meet teachers’ individual specific needs, and a more tailored programme, which teachers can adapt to their requirements, seems preferable.

This project would draw on insights from the mathematics teacher education literature, as well as findings from educational design, to develop knowledge about how to improve the design of professional development for teachers of mathematics.

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Primary Supervisor: Colin Foster

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Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject. Students should have relevant experience in education or a strong interest in schools and mathematics.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Department of Mathematics Education. Please quote the advertised reference number: ME/CF-Un1/2023 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

Please note, applications for this project are considered on an on-going basis and the project may be withdrawn prior to the application deadline if a suitable candidate is chosen for the project.

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Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

UK fee: £4,596
International fee: £20,250

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