Staff Profile:Dr Fiona Curtis

Name:
Dr Fiona Curtis
Job Title:
Lecturer
Responsibilities:

Institute of Education Responsibilities:

  • Subject leader in Secondary Maths ITT
  • MA, PhD and EdD supervisor
  • Module leader on Maths SKE course
  • Lecturer on BAEd and MA courses, including MA in China
  • Tutor on PGCE and MA courses
Areas of Interest:

Expertise and Research Interest:

  • How children learn maths, particularly algebra
  • Children's affective responses in the classroom
  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Learner identity
  • Mentoring and communities of practice

Masters Level Supervision offered in these areas:

  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Development of learning
  • Learner identity
  • Mentoring and communities of practice

PhD and EdD Level Supervision offered in these areas:

  • Pedagogical approaches
  • Development of learning
  • Learner identity
  • Mentoring and communities of practice

Current and Recent PhD and EdD Students, with Topics/Titles of their Research:

  • 1st supervisor: Philip Dewhurst – Predictors of performance amongst chiropractic students
  • 1st supervisor: Serap Karacan – Using tasks related to problem solving to evaluate the feedback of primary mathematics teachers
  • 2nd supervisor with Dr R Harris: Ahlam Alatiq – Teachers’ attitudes towards group work: Benefits, challenges and current practice
  • 1st supervisor: Matthew Pawson – Perceptions on the effectiveness of teacher appraisal: A case study of two state-funded academies

Current and Recent Research Projects:

  • Doctoral research into using manipulatives to learn algebra, with an impact study using the manipulatives with c.100 primary school children.
  • With Dr Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai and Dr Louise Courtney: small research grant to investigate teaching Statistics to Doctoral and Master’s students using different approaches: textbooks or comic books.
  • With Dr Yota Dimitriadi, Prof Giovanni Razzu and Dr Marina Della Giusta: pilot study of differences in STEM subject take-up at sixth form prior to bidding for Horizon 2020 €0.5m grant.
  • With Dr Ding Feng of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies: study of learner identity at transition to university.
Research groups / Centres:
  • Member of BERA SIG: Mathematics in Education
  • Member of BRSLM, ex publications officer 2016-2019
  • Chair of ATM regional committee
Publications:
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Conference Presentations:

  • Curtis, F. (2018). Mentors: what’s important? A study of trainee teacher perceptions of effective mentor strategies. British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics conference, King’s College London, 10 November.
  • Curtis, F. (2017). The algebra game: Using playing cards to teach KS2/KS3 algebra. National Association of Mathematics Advisers conference, Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh, 2-4 March.
  • Curtis, F. (2016). Using concrete materials to learn algebra: Workshop. British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, 27 February.
  • Curtis, F. (2015). Challenge: Always a good thing? An investigation into the affective impact of excessive challenge. British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics conference, University of Durham, 6 June.
  • Curtis, F (2015). Keeping it real: An action research investigation into using manipulatives to teach algebra. British Educational Research Association, University of Belfast, 15-17 September.

Publications:

  • Curtis, F. (2018). Mentors: what’s important? A study of trainee teacher perceptions of effective mentor strategies. In F. Curtis (Ed.) Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 38(3). Retrieved from https://bsrlm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/BSRLM-CP-38-3-05.pdf
  • Curtis, F. (2016). Using concrete materials to learn algebra: Workshop. In F. Curtis (Ed.) Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 36(1). Retrieved from https://bsrlm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/BSRLM-CP-36-1-20.pdf  
  • Curtis, F. (2015). Challenge: Always a good thing? An investigation into the affective impact of excessive challenge. British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics conference, University of Durham, 6 June.

Any Further Information:

Enterprise Activity, External Roles and Consultancy:

  • December 2018. DIT scoping trip to China re teacher training in international schools. Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
  • April 2015. Presentation and workshops with potential PhD students at University of Tlemcen, Algeria.
  • Maths Hubs. Teacher educator on CPD programmes.

Professional Preparation:

  • University of Reading Education Ed.D., 2015
  • University of Reading Education M.A., 2009
  • University of Manchester Management Science B.Sc., 1984

Fiona Curtis is subject leader of Secondary Maths Initial Teacher Training, deputy director of the Educational Doctorate programme, and teaches on various other undergraduate, masters and doctoral education programmes. She has worked as a maths teacher in secondary schools for 15 years and is particularly interested in how children learn mathematics, and how emotional and motivational factors inhibit or promote their learning.

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