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Gill Adams

Gill Adams EdD, PGCert , MA, PGCE, BH

Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education

Summary

Gill is postgraduate research tutor for the Sheffield Institute of Education.  She is also course leader and tutor for the Doctorate in Education and the MA Mathematics Education.  Her research focuses on mathematics teacher learning and on the doctoral experience.

  • About

    Gill is postgraduate research tutor for the Sheffield Institute of Education.  She is also course leader and tutor for the Doctorate in Education and the MA Mathematics Education.  Her research focuses on mathematics teacher learning and on the doctoral experience, utilizing narrative approaches to explore social and political contexts.

    Gill began her career as a secondary mathematics teacher in inner London, later supporting schools in developing mathematics teaching. Prior to moving to Sheffield Hallam University, Gill volunteered in  Ethiopia for two years with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), leading professional development programmes for teachers and teacher educators and taught for four years on the MA in Education and on mathematics initial teacher education courses at Liverpool John Moores University.

  • Teaching

    Department of Teacher Education

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Gill joined the Mathematics Education Centre at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2012 and has taught on a range of mathematics education modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Current teaching is focused on doctoral supervision and on the Doctorate in Education. 

  • Research

    Longitudinal evaluation for the England-China maths education innovation research project (Shanghai teacher exchange) (2014-2018), Department for Education

    Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme Phase 6 (2017-2018)

    Project in Citizenship and Mathematics (PiCaM) (2017- 2020), Erasmus+

    Investigating Happiness and the Doctoral Student Experience  (2016-18)

    A study of teacher led curriculum change: the case of SMILE Mathematics, 1972-1990, BA/Leverhulme

    Mathematics in the Making (2013-2016), Comenius, European Union

    Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (2014-16), Mathematics in Education and Industry

    'Developing Doctoralness; the student experience of feedback', Sheffield Hallam University

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    ADAMS, Gill (2013). ‘Is anyone listening? Women mathematics teachers’ experiences of professional learning’, unpublished EdD thesis, Open University

    ADAMS, Gill, INGLIS, MA, How do I get started with research?: Confronting the challenge of becoming research active.[online]. TEAN Conference 20th May 2011. Manchester Conference Centre. http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Courses/SubjectAreas/Education/Research/TEAN/TeacherEducatorsStorehouse/TEANConference2011.aspx

    ADAMS, Gill (2010). Supporting M level learning: exploring tensions CETL Journal Innovations in Practice, 2 (3) available from: http://www.ljmu.ac.uk/ECL/ECL_docs/CETL_Journal_Vol_2_Num_3.pdf

  • Other activities

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2010

    Publications Officer and member of British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics

    External Examiner: Liverpool Hope University  PG Certificate in Mathematics Education from 2017

    External Examiner: University of Brighton PGCE (Mathematics) 2014-2016

    Faculty ethics committee representative

  • Postgraduate supervision

    I welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students interested in teacher professional learning (particularly in mathematics) and socio-historical studies of the mathematics curriculum.

    I am supervising the following doctoral students:

    Herine Otieno, Improving students’ relationship with mathematics through self-regulated learning in Kenya secondary schools. PhD, Commonwealth scholarship

    Ben Kirk, The impact of the primary PE specialist on the delivery of high quality physical education: A case study evaluation, EdD.

    Rachel Stone, Critical reflection in higher education teaching, EdD.

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