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Research Interests

Mathematics education, Mathematical resilience, Teaching and learning, Parents role in education

Biography

Katie has worked in mathematics education for nearly 20 years.  She began her career as a secondary school mathematics teacher, then set up her own mathematics consultancy business whilst working part time at Coventry University in the Mathematics Support Centre.  Most recently she has completed her PhD at Coventry whilst also working part time as a primary mathematics teacher.

During the course of her career Katie has taught mathematics to all age groups from primary to university students, in one on one, class and lecture settings.  This experience of teaching means her research is truly grounded in the realities of the profession.

Vision Statement

As a teacher of many years standing my main motivation is to help people learn mathematics.  I believe everyone is capable of mastering the subject but some possess a different attitude when they get stuck.  This is not natural ability but rather a concept that has become known as mathematical resilience.  My research looks to understand more about mathematical resilience and how it can be used to improve educational outcomes.

I also believe that it is vitally important that all those in the education system work in partnership for the best outcome for the child.  For this reason I am committed to understanding the role parents play in their children's learning and how teachers can better work with them.

PhD Project

Katie's thesis looks at the role of mathematical resilience (MR) in the learning of mathematics in primary school, particularly in Year 1 children, and investigates how parents can help to improve children's MR.  She has developed a scale to measure MR in Year 1 children and used it to run studies into links between MR and performance.  She has created an intervention to help support parents in supporting their children's mathematical education using MR to improve parents' and children's confidence with mathematics. 

Education/Academic qualification

Mathematics, Degree, University of Warwick

Sep 1997Jun 2000

External positions

Teacher of Primary Mathematics, Bournebrook Church Of England Primary School

Oct 2017 → …

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Activities

  • 3 Participation in conference

British Congress of Mathematics Education

Katie Baker (Speaker)
5 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Second International Conference on Mathematical Resilience

Katie Baker (Speaker)
3 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

International Mathematical Resilience Conference

Katie Baker (Speaker)
5 Mar 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Thesis

Cognitive and environmental factors in the development and impact of mathematical resilience in childhood

Author: Baker, K., Jul 2020

Supervisor: Vardy, E. (Supervisor), Carroll, J. (Supervisor) & Lawson, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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