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Dr Jenefer (Jennie) Golding
UCL Institute of Education, University College London
20 Bedford Way
Tel: 020 7612 6655
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  • Associate Professor
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education

I am a mathematician and teacher of mathematics by background, having spent much of my career based in schools but with substantial responsibility for teacher initial and continuing development across the curriculum.

I am widely involved in national and international education policy development, aiming to support mathematics education policy that is evidence-based. I have been vice-chair of the national ACME (Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education) and President of The Mathematical Association, and currently serve on several national education fora. I therefore bring to UCL research, and to policy roles, an unusual profile of expertise: a substantial and successful background in mathematics education practice in schools, complemented by practice-saturated engagement with research in my role as teacher educator in universities and schools and,informed by those experiences, over twenty years’ active engagement with national policy. As such, I conceptualise myself as a ‘boundary player’across the worlds of education policy, practice and research.  My research is focused on the enactment of mathematics education policy in the classroom,and issues around equipping teachers and learners to do that in ways which empower them to be active mathematics users and thinkers. My professional motivations lie in optimising my contribution to a full and confident development of the mathematical potential of the range of young people, and of my earlier career colleagues in teaching and research.

Within UCL, I am privileged to be department graduate tutor and ethics lead, and in both those roles place value on working to support colleagues' and research students' development.

Research Summary

My research findings have been incorporated into a number of ITE and CPD courses in schools and HEIs in this country, and are shared with a range of policymakers and influencers, but also applied in Uganda, Jordan, Kenya,Nigeria and South Africa. I am, or have recently been, PI for several other studies, and am a national mathematics specialist for current iterations of the PISA and TIMSS international assessments teams.  

With teachers and teacher educators, and now with academics in sub-Saharan Africa, I have also been researching effective, affordable and sustainable ways of harnessing technology for teacher development. My sub-Saharan focus has recently shifted to supporting the development of systematic, sustainable doctoral supervision development in southern Africa, in a collaboration between UCL and the universities of Johannesburg, Namibia and Zambia 'SAUSC'. The related design research also includes a comparative element.

I am happy to consider approaches from potential doctoral (EdD or PhD) students whose proposals align with my research or teaching interests.

Teaching Summary
In UCL I have led a variety of routes to initial mathematics teacher education and I regularly work with teachers, policy makers and teacher educators in developing countries. I have written and edited a variety of resources for use in crowded, poorly resourced mathematics classrooms, published by CUP or freely available on the web, e.g. at www.aimssec.ac.zaI also work with emerging mathematics education researchers in sub-Saharan Africa to enhance regional capacity for such work. I choose to have an active role in early career researcher development internationally, including mentoring early career supervisors and contributions to researcher development events. As an active member of the IOE REC, I am particularly interested in working to  develop 'ethics-first' sensitivity across the range of our teaching and research. 
01-SEP-2020 Department graduate tutor, CPA IOE University College London, United Kingdom
01-MAR-2019 Department ethics lead, CPA IOE University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2018 Associate Professor, Mathematics Education IOE UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017   ATQ04 - Recognised by the HEA as a Senior Fellow University College London
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