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Prof Candia Morgan
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • Professor of Mathematics Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

As a secondary school mathematics teacher and as a teacher educator, I became interested in the difficulties students experienced in making effective use of mathematical language. The nature of mathematical communication within different practices of mathematics and mathematics education continues to be a focus. The variation in access to the language of schooling and the associated educational disadvantage faced by some groups of students frame my interest in different formes of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment and the ways these affect the distribution of knowledge. My research adopts a critical discourse approach to these issues and seeks to develop analytic tools for understanding how language and other modes of communication are used in mathematical activity.
I am currently contribute to the MA programme in Mathematics Education and supervise doctoral students.

Research Groups
Research Summary

My research areas:

  • Mathematical language - its characteristics and use in the classroom
  • Discourses of mathematics education
  • The use of discourse analysis to study mathematics education practices, including policy, curriculum, assessment and classroom practices.

Teaching Summary

Research students:

  • Norul Ismail (PhD) Investigating student teachers’ recontextualisation of mathematics teaching during teaching practicum in the Malaysian context
  • Richard Cowley (PhD) Pace as a site for tension in mathematics teachers’ accounts of their lessons
  • Nabiul Alam (PhD) Factors affecting girls' participation in higher mathematics in rural schools in Bangladesh
  • Graham Griffiths (PhD) Using dialogue scenes with adult numeracy learners
  • Nicholas Wollaston (PhD) Primary teachers response to policy and curriculum changes in mathematics

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