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Dr Nancy Barclay is a Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education specialising in primary mathematics education. She has held course leadership positions of Assistant Programme leader for the Primary PGCE programme and Course leader for the Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme, designing and developing the latter from its inception in 2010.
Nancy has significant and continuing experience of teaching mathematics education on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and currently also supervises the education research of MA, PhD and EdD students.
Nancy completed her professional doctorate in 2018. Her research illuminated the important mathematical contributions that lower attaining primary school pupils can make in mixed attainment mathematics activity. Since completing her doctorate Nancy has been involved in three funded research projects: a research review of BSRLM Conference Proceedings (2003-2017); a case study exploring the use of mathematics textbooks by primary NQTs; and an Education Endowment Fund review of the international evidence into best-practice for improving mathematics teaching in the Early Years and Key Stage 1.
Nancy is currently Deputy Head of School (Quality Assurance and Enhancement) and is a member of the School of Education’s Senior Management Board. She chairs the school’s Quality and Standards Committee. Prior to joining the university, Nancy was a local authority primary mathematics consultant. She is also an experienced primary school teacher.
My research focuses on the teaching and learning of primary mathematics, including the impact of policy on classroom mathematical activity. My particular interests are in the social context of primary mathematics learning, including the role of dialogue in learning.
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My teaching of both adult and child learners is underpinned by the view that everyone can learn and enjoy mathematics. Building on my knowledge and experience from classroom teaching, consultancy and research, I promote collaboration in my seminar sessions, prioritising practical activity and dialogue to support learning and to foster the development of my students’ confidence in their own mathematical thinking. Reading and analysis of texts is a further central component of my seminar sessions; the development of confident critical engagement with literature enables students to develop their own academic voice and provides a solid foundation for pedagogic decision making.
Executive Board Member and Treasurer, British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) (2019 – 2022)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report › peer-review
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN