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Dr Nicola Bretscher
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
  • Lecturer
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

My current research interests centre around the use of (digital) technology in mathematics education and, in particular, how mathematics teachers integrate technology into their classroom practice and mathematical knowledge for teaching. I am also interested in the use of quantitative and mixed methods in mathematics education research.

These research interests inform my teaching as a mathematics subject tutor for the Teach First initial teacher education programme; as a dissertation supervisor and leader for Understanding Mathematics Education core module for the MA in Mathematics Education; and as a supervisor of doctoral students in mathematics education.

I first became interested in the use of technology in the teaching and learning of mathematics as a beginning teacher during my PGCE. As a secondary school mathematics teacher, I developed this interest through my MA dissertation, focusing on the development of teaching techniques for using dynamic geometry software in my own classroom practice. My PhD research focused on mathematics teachers’ knowledge and how it is involved in interacting with technology, as a means of exploring technology integration further.

Research Summary

My research areas:

  • Technology in mathematics education
  • Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching
  • Quantitative and mixed methods research
Teaching Summary

Mathematics Subject Tutor for the Teach First Programme

Leading Understanding Mathematics Education core module in the MA Mathematics Education

Supervising MA dissertations

Supervising PhD students

01-APR-2014 Lecturer in Mathematics Education Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment UCL Institute of Education, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2010 – 31-MAR-2014 Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics Education Education, Policy and Society King's College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Mathematics Education King's College London
2009 MRes Master of Research – Mathematics Education King's College London
2007 MA Master of Arts – Mathematics Education King's College London
2000 MMath Master of Mathematics – Mathematics University of Warwick
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