Fiona Faulkner

Dr Fiona Faulkner is a mathematics lecturer on a foundation programme for adult and international students in the Dublin Institute of Technology. She is a qualified secondary school mathematics and Physical Education teacher (BSc 2004- 2008) with a PhD in mathematics education (2008-2012) both from the University of Limerick, Ireland. While completing her doctoral studies she lectured on adult education mathematics and statistics programmes as well as mathematics undergraduate modules. She has worked as the Academic Co-ordinator and a lecturer on the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (2012-2014) in the University of Limerick. This is a national programme aimed at upskilling ‘out-of field’ mathematics teachers in second level schools in Ireland.  She is also a research associate of the National Centre for Excellence in Maths and Science Teaching and Learning (NCE-MSTL) which is also based in the University of Limerick.

-       Mathematics diagnostic testing

-       The Maths Problem

-       Out of field teaching and Continuous Professional Development

-       Mathematics education for access, international and engineering students

-       Curriculum Change and Project Maths

-       Teaching Mathematics for Understanding

Treacy, P. and Faulkner. F. (2015)‘Analysing the effects of the introduction of the new Project Maths syllabus on beginning undergraduates’ performance of basic mathematical skills in Ireland’, International Conference in Mathematics Education (ICME), Catania, September 2015.

Faulkner, F. and Ni. Riordain, M. (2015) ‘Professional development for out-of-field post-primary teachers of mathematics: An example from the Irish context’, European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), Budapest, September 2015.

Prendergast, P., Faulkner, F.  and O’Hara, C. (2015) ‘The Effects of Language Skills on Students Mathematical Achievement’, European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), Budapest, September 2015.

Prendergast, M., Faulkner, F. and O’Hara, C. (2015) ‘Investigating the Impact of Literacy Skills in the Adult Mathematics Classroom’ Adults Learning Mathematics, Washington DC, July 2015.

Faulkner, F. Fitzmaurice, O. and Hannigan, A. (2015) ‘A Ten Year Examination of the Mathematical Performance and Learning Styles of Mature Students and Traditional Students in Ireland’, Adults Learning Mathematics, Washington DC, July 2015.

Prendergast, M., Faulkner, F. and O’Hara, C. (2015) ‘Language as a Barrier to Learning Mathematics’ IMA International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners, M.A. Hersh and M. Kotecha (eds.), Glasgow, June 2015.

Carr, M., Breen, C., Prendergast, M. and Faulkner, F. (2015) ‘How well do Engineering students retain core mathematical knowledge after a series of high threshold online mathematical test?’ 8th IMA Conference on Mathematical Education of Engineers, Loughborough, April 2015.

Faulkner, F.,Hannigan, A. & Gill,O. (2009) ‘The Changing Profile of Third Level Service Mathematics Students (1997-2008)’, in Corcoran, D., Dooley, T., Close, S. and Ward, R.,eds., Third National Conference in Research in Mathematics Education, St. Patricks, Dublin, September 2009, 356-367 .

Faulkner, F. Gill, O. and Hannigan, A. (2011) ‘The changing profile of third level service mathematics in Ireland and its implications for the provision of mathematics education (1998-2010)’, paper presented at the Seventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME 7),Poland, February, 2011.

Conference Symposium

-          September 2009 MEI conference in St Pats Dromcondra (Peer reviewed).

-          August 2010 ECER conference Helsinki, Finland. (Peer reviewed).

-          Jan 2011 International conference on pedagogy, NUI Maynooth.

-          Feb 2011 CERME 7 conference Poland (Peer reviewed).

-          June 9th and 10th 2011 NAIRTL Conference in Galway entitled Engaging Minds.

-          July 2013 Adults Learning Mathematics 20 (ALM20), University of South Wales, Wales.

-          July 2014 European Conference for Educational Research (ECER), Porto, Portugal.

-          April 2015 ‘8th IMA Conference on Mathematical Education of Engineers’, Loughborough, UK.

-          June 2015 ‘IMAInternational Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners’, Glasgow, Wales.

-          July 2015 Adults Learning Maths 22 (ALM22), Washington DC, USA.

-          September 2015 European Conference for Educational Research (ECER), Budapest.

-          September 2015 International Conference in Mathematics Education, Catania, 

  1. Projects Undertaken

Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching – General Programme Review

A review of the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching which was funded by the NCE-MSTL is currently being undertaken by mathematics education colleagues in NUIGalway and Boston College which aims to examine participants’ basic mathematical competency levels at the beginning and end of the 2 year programme amongst other things. As part of this review I have undertaken a general programme review which aims to examine participants’ satisfaction rating and opinions on aspects of the programme such as programme particulars and module satisfaction in terms of lecturer/tutor effectiveness and perceived appropriateness of module content. The general programme review which I have undertaken involves collaborative work with the Centre for Teaching and Learning in the University of Limerick and aims to supplement the larger project as it provides valuable insights on the profile of participants and their motives for taking on the professional diploma.

Funded by NCE-MSTL

Collaborator: Centre for Teaching and Learning, UL.

 

An Investigation of the Mathematical Knowledge and Development of Out-of-Field Mathematics Teachers in the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching

Funded by the NCE-MSTL

Collaborators: Dr Máire Ní Ríordáin (NUIG), Prof. Laura O’ Dwyer (Boston College), Dr Catherine Paolucci (NUI Galway).

Investigation into the Perceived Effectiveness of Mathematics Pedagogy Workshops of Professional Teachers Enrolled in the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching

This investigation aims to determine the perceived effectiveness of mathematics pedagogy workshops which are run in conjunction with content modules on the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching. The investigation aims to determine teachers’ value for best practice in pedagogical approaches and engagement with school syllabus material with a view to improving their effectiveness in the mathematics classroom. Insights into teachers’ opinions on the comparative effectiveness of the content modules delivered on the programme will also be sought.

Funded by the NCE-MSTL 

Collaborators: Prof. John O’Donoghue (UL) Dr Maire Ni Riordain (NUI Galyway) and Ms. Aoife Smith (Co-ordinator Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching, UL).

Teachers Across Specialisations – ‘Out of Field’ Teaching Symposium

International collaborative links surrounding ‘out of field’ teaching and related research are generated through engagement with this group.

Presentation: of work at symposium on August 30th 2014 Porto, Portugal and in Budapest September 2015.

 

2. Research Supervision:

-          Research Supervision of pre-service maths teachers’ final year projects.

-          Research Supervision of in-service out of field mathematics teachers’ action research projects.

Treacy, P. Faulkner, F. and Prendergast, M. (2016) ‘Analysing the effects of secondary mathematics curriculum change on beginning undergraduates’ performance of basic mathematical skills in Ireland’, Irish Educational Studies, In press: Manuscript ID:RIES-2015-0055.
 
Carr, M., Breen, C., Prendergast, M. and Faulkner, F. (2016) ‘How well do Engineering students retain core mathematical knowledge after a series of high threshold online mathematical test?’ Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, In press:ID TEAMAT-2015-078.R1.
 
Faulkner, F. Fitzmaurice, O. and Hannigan, A. (2016) ‘A Comparison of the Mathematical Performance of Non-Traditional Students and Traditional Students over a ten year period’, Irish Educational Studies, In press: Manuscript IDRIES-2015-0039.R2
 
Treacy, P. and Faulkner. F. (2015) ‘Trends in the Basic Mathematics Competencies of Beginning Undergraduates in Ireland between 2003- 2013’, International Journal for mathematics education in Science and Technology, 46 (8), 1182-1196.
 
Carr, M., Breen, C., Prendergast, M. and Faulkner, F. (2015) ‘How well do Engineering students retain core mathematical knowledge after a series of high threshold online mathematical test?’ Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, In press.

Faulkner, F. Fitzmaurice, O. and Hannigan, A. (2015) ‘A Ten Year Examination of the Mathematical Performance and Learning Styles of Mature Students and Traditional Students in Ireland’, Irish Educational Studies, In press.

Treacy, P. and Faulkner. F. (2015)‘Trends in the Basic Mathematics Competencies of Beginning Undergraduates in Ireland between 2003- 2013’, International Journal for mathematics education in Science and Technology, In press: Manuscript ID TMES-2014-0240.R1.

Faulkner, F. Gill, O. and Hannigan, A. (2014). ‘The role of prior mathematics experience in predicting mathematics performance in higher education’, International Journal in Mathematics Education in Science and Technology, 45(5),648-667.
 Faulkner, F. Gill, O. and Hannigan, A. (2013). ‘The role of prior mathematics experience in predicting mathematics performance in higher education’, International Journal in Mathematics Education in Science and Technology, in press.

Gill, O., O’Donoghue, J., Hannigan, A., &  Faulkner, F. (2010). ‘Trends in Performance of Science and Technology Students (1997-2008) in Ireland’. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 41(3), 323-339.

Faulkner, F., Hannigan, A. & Gill,O.(2010)‘Trends in the Mathematical Competency of University Entrants in Ireland by Leaving Certificate Mathematics Grade’ Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 29(2), 76-93.

Gill, O., O’Donoghue, J., Hannigan, A., & Faulkner, F. (2010). ‘Trends in Performance of Science and Technology Students (1997-2008) in Ireland’. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 41(3), 323-339.

Faulkner, F., Hannigan, A. & Gill,O.(2010)‘Trends in the Mathematical Competency of University Entrants in Ireland by Leaving Certificate Mathematics Grade’ Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 29(2), 76-93.