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Mrs. Ruth Forrester

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Biographical Statement

I came to the School of Mathematics by an unusual route, after working for a number of years as a secondary school teacher. I now work part time in the School of Education (0.8fte) and part time in the School of Maths (0.2fte). I can confirm that 0.8+0.2>1!

My research is in mathematical education, a field distinct from both mathematics and more general educational research. Recent work includes a study of the effects of soroban use on pupils' mental calculation strategies. (A soroban is a Japanese abacus). I am currently investigating beliefs about the teaching and learning of mathematics held by newly qualified teachers.

Education

MSc by Research (Education) University of Edinburgh (2007)

Diploma in Education (Dip Ed) University of Glasgow (1986)

PGCE (Mathematics and Economics) Jordanhill College of Education (1986)

MA (Hons) Mathematics (with Economics) University of Edinburgh (1985)