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Dr Cosette Crisan
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 0207 911 5471
  • Principal Teaching Fellow
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am currently the Programme Leader of the MA in Mathematics Education programme in the Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment Department and a Principal Teaching Fellow in mathematics education. I teach on the MA Mathematics Education programme and on the Mathematics PGCE course. As part of the MA Mathematics Education programme I am involved in dissertation supervision of Masters students.

 Prior to joining Institute of Education in September 2010, I taught Pure Mathematics at higher education level for 10 years: Calculus and Differential Equations, Real and Complex Analysis, Number Theory and Mathematical Logic, followed by six years teaching Mathematics in secondary schools in London at KS3, KS4, A-level and Further Mathematics.  

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Research Summary

My research interests centre around the development of teachers’ professional knowledge base for teaching and the incorporation of the digital technology in mathematics lessons. Over the years, I worked alongside teachers in classrooms, planning for lessons where the digital technology was being used, delivering lessons jointly with the teachers, and encouraging them to reflect on their teaching experiences.

  • Integration of digital technologies in mathematics teaching and learning

My interest on how teachers’ mathematical and pedagogical knowledge are intertwined and how they affect one's teaching has led to research on identities of teachers who are becoming mathematics specialists.

  • Teachers knowledge for mathematics teaching
  • Specialist and non-specialist mathematics teachers' identity

I am also involved in supporting postgraduate research mathematics students who are contributing to the teaching of undergraduates while they pursue their own doctoral research.

  • Transition to graduate studies in mathematics
  • Teaching and learning of mathematics at university level.
Teaching Summary
  •     Connected Curriculum Champion for the CPA department
  •     MA Mathematics Education Programme Leader (June 2017 - present)
  •     Co-leader of the MA module on Digital Technologies for Mathematical Learning (Jan 2015  - present)
  •     Teaching on the MA in Mathematics Education
  •     Tutor on the PGCE Secondary Mathematics, School Direct and SCITT routes into teaching (2010-present)
  •     Tutor on TUMPIS (Teaching Undergraduates Mathematics: Introduction for Postgraduate Students) (2015-present)
  •     Tutor on the AMTEC (Advanced Mathematics Teaching in Early Career)
  •     Supervising MA dissertations
  •     Supervising PhD students
  •     UCL Arena Mentor (HEA Fellowships)

Research students

  1. Ebert Gono (EdD) - Integrating Dynamic Geometry Software in the teaching of mathematics (completed);
  2. Michael Masige (PhD) - Investigating the integration of digital technologies in mathematics teaching and learning in NSW secondary schools;
  3. Ali Cifci (PhD) - Problem solving behaviours and reasoning on proportionality in middle school mathematics: An exploration of student’s cognitive and metacognitive strategies when working on proportion problems.

Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Mathematics Education  
1995 MSc Master of Science – Mathematics Education University of Edinburgh
1991 MSc Master of Science – Mathematics Universitatea din Bucuresti
1990 BSc Bachelor of Science – Mathematics Universitatea din Bucuresti
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