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Julie Alderton


University Lecturer in Mathematics Education

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  • EdD (University of Roehampton)
  • MA Mathematics Education (Institute of Education)
  • PGCE Primary (Goldsmiths College, University of London)
  • BSc Mathematics (Leicester Polytechnic)

Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

  • British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
  • The Mathematics Association
  • Member of the Joint Committee of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the Mathematics Association
  • The Association of Mathematics Education Teachers

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I am a University Lecturer in mathematics education. My current research focuses on aspects of mathematics education including inclusion, assessment and transition from primary to secondary school. I am currently developing work that draws on sociological perspectives to understand teachers’ and learners’ practices, identities and subjectivities. I started my career as a computer analyst/programmer before becoming a primary teacher in London. I then moved into higher education as a teacher educator at the University of Roehampton where I worked for 12 years prior to my current position at Cambridge. My main teaching commitment is to the primary PGCE.

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Research Topics

  • Mathematics Teaching and Learning
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Gender and Mathematics
  • Teacher identities
  • Inclusive practices in mathematics education

Current Research Project(s)

  • Changes it statutory assessment and its effect on professional practice
  • Student primary teachers’ perspectives on mathematical reasoning

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  • Postgraduate
    • PGCE Primary Mathematics
    • PGCE Primary Professional Studies
    • MPhil/MEd Mathematics Education
    • MPhil/MEd Primary Education

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Principal and Recent Publications

Alderton, J. (2017). Kelly’s story: Transformative identity work in primary mathematics teacher education, Gender and Education. download here

Pratt, N. and Alderton, J. (2017). ‘It’s different, it’s difficult, it’s unknown’: letting go of levels. Presented at the 10th Congress of European Research on Mathematics Education (CERME-10), Dublin, February 2017

Burnard, P., Dragovic, T., Flutter, J., and Alderton, J. (2016). (Eds). Transformative Doctoral Research Practices for Professionals. Amsterdam: SensePublishers.

Alderton, J. (2016). Teaching Children with Mathematics Difficulties: A Pedagogy of Desensitivity.
Presented at the 13th International Congress on Mathematics (ICME-13), Hamburg, July 2016.

Alderton, J. (2013). Pedagogical Discourses and Subjectivities in Primary Mathematics Initial Teacher Education. (Unpublished EdD thesis). Roehampton University.

Alderton, J. (2008) Exploring Self-Study to Improve My Practice as a Mathematics Teacher Educator, Studying Teacher Education, 4:2, 95 - 104.