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Dr Helen Thouless
20 Bedford Way
  • Lecturer in Mathematics Education
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I received my Masters in Teaching from the University of Washington in 2001 and taught for over 10 years in urban state schools in London and Seattle. While teaching I held a variety of roles, including being a Mathematics Specialist, an Inclusion teacher and a Special Education teacher. From 2005-2006 I also taught science and English at a charity-funded school in Arusha, Tanzania.

Other education related jobs that I have held include visiting lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Roehampton, lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Washington, research assistant on a mathematics school improvement project at the University of Washington, and Health Education Volunteer for the United States Peace Corps in Mamou, Republic of Guinea.

I am Membership Coordinator for the British Society for Research in Learning Mathematics and have organised a working group for Special Education and Maths at the Psychology of Mathematics Education conference since 2012.

Research Summary

My research interests include teaching mathematics to pupils with special educational needs and young children's understanding of pattern.

I completed my PhD in Learning Sciences at the University of Washington in 2014. My dissertation examined the whole number place value understanding of children with dyslexia. My PhD dissertation can be found at https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/bitstream/handle/1773/25492/Thouless_washington_0250E_12853.pdf?sequence=1

I am currently working on the project Passionate about Patterns. This project is designed to develop the pattern recognition skills of children in the early years through on-going profesional development for their teachers that emphasises developing mathematical skills through play-based activities.

Teaching Summary

I am currently teaching on the Teach First Secondary Mathematics programme and a tutor on the MA mathematics education and the EdD programmes.

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