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Dr Nicola Bretscher
UCL Institute of Education
University College London
20 Bedford Way
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  • 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 Groups
Research Summary

My research areas:

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

Doctoral supervision

Ali Simsek - completed 2020

Masters teaching

MA dissertation/report supervision for the MA Mathematics Education programme

Module lead for Understanding Mathematics Education core module in the MA Mathematics Education

Initial Teacher Education

Institute Partnership Manager for core PGCE programme

Mathematics Subject Tutor for the TeachFirst programme

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   Doctor of Philosophy King's College London
2009   Master of Research King's College London
2007   Master of Arts King's College London
2000   Master of Mathematics University of Warwick
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