Research output per year
Research output per year
Dr Rachel Marks is a Principal Lecturer in Mathematics Education (Primary) and Assistant Programme Leader for the PGCE Primary/PGCE 3-7 programmes. She teaches across the BA, PGCE, MA and EdD programmes in mathematics education and education research. She is a qualified primary teacher and has previously taught in inner-city and rural primary schools for five years.
Rachel chairs the School of Education Tier 1 School Research Ethics Panel (SREP) leading a panel in assessing applications and advising on ethics across the School. Rachel also sits on the Social Science Cross-School Research Ethics Committee (Tier 2).
Rachel completed her ESRC-funded PhD thesis on ability grouping in the primary mathematics classroom in 2012 and her book ‘Ability-Grouping in Primary Schools: Case Studies and Critical Debates’ was published in February 2016. She has worked on a diverse range of research projects within mathematics education including an international study into high-performing jurisdictions for the Nuffield Foundation, and reviews of the international evidence into best-practice for improving mathematics teaching in Key Stages 2 & 3 and in Early Year and Key Stage 1, both for the Education Endowment Foundation. She has recently completed a research review of BSRLM Conference Proceedings (2003-2017) and an exploration of strategies to support NQTs in working with a mastery approach in mathematics.
My supervisory interests include teaching and learning in primary schools, particularly in primary and early years mathematics. I am also interested in the social context of schooling, policy and assessment, including interests related to ability-grouping and equity issues. I am interested in supervising projects involving mixed methods approaches as well as large-scale literature reviews including meta-analyses.
I teach across a number of programmes within the School of Education, contributing to teaching on the following modules:
My aim is to engage all students in current thinking in education as they develop as critically reflective practitioners. Across my teaching – which includes mature students, recent school leavers and workplace learners – I employ a variety of inclusive approaches with a strong focus on discussion. Much of my teaching draws on my experience as a classroom teacher and as an educational researcher, supporting students in engaging with up-to-date educational theory, policy and practice. My approach – particularly to mathematics teaching – is highly interactive and I expect all students to make full use of the opportunity to explore different representations available to them as they develop as confident and competent teachers of mathematics.
My research interests include teaching and learning in primary mathematics, the social context of schooling, policy and assessment. My particular interests are in ability-grouping and equity issues.
Current Research Activity
Co-authored review of international evidence for the Education Endowment Foundation review: Improving Mathematics in the Early Years and Key Stage 1: Evidence Review.
Previous research projects
Executive Board Member and Publications Officer, British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) (2020 – 2023)
Vice-chair of the Editorial Board for FORUM journal (for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education)
Book reviews editor for FORUM journal (for promoting 3-19 comprehensive education)
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBN › Chapter
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report