School of Mathematics

Ruth Forrester

The University of Edinburgh The School of Mathematics Room: 6315 James Clerk Maxwell Building, The King's Buildings, Peter Guthrie Tait Road Edinburgh EH9 3FD Scotland
Tel: Work 0131 650 5843
Tel: Work 0131 651 6431

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.


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)