Research Papers & Reports

There is a wide range of ongoing research into various aspects of mathematics support, including best practice in establishing services and measuring the impact on student performances to name but two areas. This page will contain a sample of the relevant journals where this material can be found, or links to websites which contain papers, research and reports. We will try to update this on a continuous basis. All suggestions and recommendations are welcome.

  • The Irish Mathematics Learning Support Network is very proud to announce the online launch of ?An audit of Mathematics Learning Support provision on the island of Ireland in 2015″ ReportVideo Launch
    Funded by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, this report offers the most comprehensive insight yet into the nature and extent of mathematics learning support (MLS) provision in higher education in Ireland. The audit covered higher education providers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and had an extensive scope of questions and a very high response rate of 97% – 30 from 31 HEIs responded . The report?s recommendations are targeted at MLS practitioners, researchers and education policy makers and are believed to be achievable in the short to medium term.
    We hope that this report is of interest and benefit to colleagues involved in the provision of mathematics/statistics teaching and MLS.
  • A report from January 2016 from the Council for Mathematical Sciences on ?Mathematical Sciences: Driving the UK Economy?.
  • The official launch of the IMLSN report on Student Evaluation of Mathematics Learning Support took place in DCU on Friday the 21st of November at 3pm.
  • An audit of Mathematics Support Provision in Irish 3rd Level Institutions -??A detailed 2008 report from CEMTL (Regional Centre for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching and Learning).
  • The Leaving Certificate Mathematics: a comparative analysis Detailed 2013 report commissioned by the NCCA comparing the Leaving Certificate Mathematics syllabus for examination from 2015 with five other countries/ jurisdictions.
  • The Mathematics in New Zealand: Past, Present and Future Detailed 1998 report from the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology.
  • The Getting Started in Pedagogical Research document on the sigma network website aimed at supporting those who wish to get started in pedagogic research in stem subjects.
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Support Centre Resources. This page is maintained by mathcentre and contains links to a number of relevant papers.
  • Good Practice in the Provision of Mathematics Support Centres. This guide was written by sigma Directors Duncan Lawson (Coventry University) and Tony Croft (Loughborough University), in association with Margaret Halpin (Coventry University).
  • Proceedings of the CETL-MSOR Conferences: The CETL-MSOR Conference is an annual event which deals with issues that arise in the teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics. Many of the papers in these proceedings are extremely relevant to establishing best practice in the provision of learning support. There is no single site which currently (August 2016) has links to all proceedings, but an internet search will locate individual proceedings.
  • Current and Archived MSOR Connections. The MSOR Connections is the newsletter of the MSOR Network. It aims to highlight news, activities and research on learning and teaching of Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research within Higher Education. Many of the articles are extremely relevant to establishing best practice in the provision of learning support.
  • Teaching Mathematics and its Applications. The journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences which contribute to the improvement of mathematics teaching and learning for students from upper secondary/high school level through to university first degree level. Many of the articles are extremely relevant to establishing best practice in the provision of learning support.
  • International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology. The journal provides a medium by which a wide range of experience in mathematical education can be presented, assimilated and eventually adapted to everyday needs in schools, colleges, polytechnics, universities, industry and commerce.