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Gill Adams

Gill Adams EdD, PGCert , MA, PGCE, BH

Reader in Education


Summary

I am a Reader in Education in the Sheffield Institute of Education. My research interests include understanding the socio-cultural and individual factors influencing professional and adult learning, particularly in relation to mathematics teacher learning and to doctoral researchers’ experience. Recent projects include narrative studies of experiences of learning on the professional doctorate and analysis of policy and workplace factors influencing opportunities for engagement in mathematics professional learning. I lead postgraduate research in education at Sheffield Hallam University and am Deputy Director of the Education, Childhood and Youth pathway of the White Rose Doctoral Training Programme. I came into higher education after seventeen years’ experience teaching and leading secondary mathematics and six years as a professional development advisor. I continue this involvement with school mathematics through designing and leading curriculum projects and professional learning opportunities for a range of audiences including academics, postgraduate research students and mathematics teachers.

About

My research interests include understanding the socio-cultural and individual factors influencing professional and adult learning, particularly in relation to mathematics teacher learning and to doctoral researchers’ experience. I led an evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support programme (2017-2018) and have contributed to evaluations of national mathematics curriculum and professional development projects. Recent projects include narrative studies of experiences of learning on the professional doctorate and analysis of policy and workplace factors influencing opportunities for engagement in mathematics professional learning.
I lead postgraduate research in the Sheffield Institute of Education. I have led the Doctorate in Education since 2015, and as Postgraduate Research Tutor co-ordinate support for doctoral researchers and supervisors in education, promoting opportunities for collaboration.
I began my career as a secondary mathematics teacher in inner London, later supporting schools in developing mathematics teaching. Prior to moving to Sheffield Hallam, I volunteered in Ethiopia for two years with Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), leading professional development programmes for teachers and teacher educators.
Building on my early career as a mathematics teacher and teacher educator, I have contributed internationally to curriculum and teacher development projects: Mathematics in the Making (MiMa) and the Erasmus+ funded Project in Citizenship and Mathematics (PiCaM).

Teaching

Department of Teacher Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Department of Teacher Education
Social Sciences and Arts
I started at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2012, initially joining the Mathematics Education Centre. I have taught on a range of mathematics education modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level. My current teaching is focused on the Doctorate in Education, which I have led since 2015 and on doctoral supervision.

 

Research

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

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), Mathematics in Education and Industry

Multiplicative Reasoning professional development programme evaluation (2013-2015), NCETM

Developing Doctoralness: The student experience of feedback (2018-2020), Sheffield Hallam University

Investigating Happiness and the Doctoral Student Experience (2016-18), Sheffield Hallam University

A study of teacher led curriculum change: the case of SMILE Mathematics 1972-1990 (2016-2017), 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

Publications

Key Publications

Adams, G. (2017). Using a narrative approach to illuminate teacher professional learning in an era of accountability. Teaching and teacher education, 67, 161-170. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.tate.2017.06.007

Povey, H., & Adams, G. (2018). Possibilities for mathematics education? : Aphoristic fragments from the past. The Mathematics Enthusiast, 15 (1-2), 159-177. https://scholarworks.umt.edu/tme/vol15/iss1/10/

Adams, G., & Povey, H. (2018). “Now There’s Everything to Stop You”: Teacher autonomy then and now. In Jurdak, M., & Vithal, R. (Eds.) Socio-political dimensions of mathematics education: Voices from margin to mainstream. (pp. 209-230). Springer: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-72610-6_12

Boylan, M., Adams, G., Willis, B., Coldwell, M., & Demack, S. (2018). Theorising variation in engagement in professional and curriculum development: performativity, capital, systems and purpose. Review of Education, 6 (3), 360-407. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/20496613

Adams, G. (2018). A narrative study of the experience of feedback on a professional doctorate: ‘A kind of flowing conversation’. Studies in Continuing Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/0158037X.2018.1526782

Journal articles

Povey, H., & Adams, G. (2021). Disordering mathematics, citizenship and socio-political research in mathematics education amongst the “rubble of words”. Research in Mathematics Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/14794802.2021.1994452

Povey, H., Jackson, C., & Adams, G. (2020). Part of something bigger? Children’s interactive exhibitions. Mathematics Teaching, 271, 13-16.

Povey, H., Adams, G., Demissie, F.A., Unwin, R., Weber, R., & Bremer, J. (2019). A cross-curricular project in citizenship and mathematics (PiCaM). Mathematics Teaching, (269), 12-15.

Taylor, C.A., Gannon, S., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannam-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). Grim tales: Meetings, matterings and moments of silencing and frustration in everyday academic life. International Journal of Educational Research, 99, 101513. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2019.101513

Povey, H., Boylan, M., & Adams, G. (2019). Regulated time and expansive time in primary school mathematics. Pedagogy, Culture and Society. http://doi.org/10.1080/14681366.2019.1692059

Taylor, C., & Adams, G. (2019). Reconceptualizing doctoral students’ journeyings: Possibilities for profound happiness? International Journal of Educational Research. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2019.04.003

Gannon, S., Taylor, C., Adams, G., Donaghue, H., Hannan-Swain, S., Harris-Evans, J., ... Moore, P. (2019). ‘Working on a rocky shore’: Micro-moments of positive affect in academic work. Emotion, space and society. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.emospa.2019.04.002

Boylan, M., Adams, G., Coldwell, M., Willis, B., & Demack, S. (2018). Context and Implications Document for: Theorising variation in engagement in professional and curriculum development: Performativity, capital, systems and purpose. Review of Education, 6 (3), 408-410. http://doi.org/10.1002/rev3.3152

Povey, H., Adams, G., & Everley, R. (2017). “Its Influence Taints All”: Urban Math-ematics Teachers Resisting Performativity through Engagement with the Past. The Journal of Urban Mathematics Education, 10 (2), 52-65.

Povey, H., Adams, G., & Jackson, C. (2016). How making for a purpose in mathematics can provoke mathematical meaning making. Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, 31. http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/education/research/centres/stem/publications/pmej/pome31/index.html

Williams, L., Nixon, S., Hennessy, C., Mahon, E., & Adams, G. (2016). Inspiring to inspire: developing teaching in Higher Education. Cogent Education, 3, 1-12. http://doi.org/10.1080/2331186X.2016.1154259

Hennessy, C., Adams, G., Mahon, E., Nixon, S., Pratt, A., & Williams, L. (2014). Discovering inspiring teaching: immersive models of staff development. Quality Assurance in Education, 22 (3), 240-254. http://doi.org/10.1108/QAE-01-2013-0006

Adams, G. (2013). Women teachers' experiences of learning mathematics. Research in Mathematics Education, 15 (1), 87-88. http://doi.org/10.1080/14794802.2013.763607

Starczewska, A., Hodkinson, A., & Adams, G. (2011). Conceptions of inclusion and inclusive education: a critical examination of the perspectives and practices of teachers in Poland. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 12 (3), 162-169. http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-3802.2011.01209.x

Conference papers

Adams, G. (2021). Teacher agency and professional learning: narrative explorations. In Kollosche, D. (Ed.) Mathematics Education and Society 11, University of Klagenfurt, Austria [online], 24 September 2021 - 29 September 2021 (pp. 125-128). Tredition: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5336638

Adams, G., Boylan, M., Chronaki, A., Otieno, H., & Wright, P. (2021). Mathematics teacher agency. In Kollosche, D. (Ed.) Mathematics Education and Society 11, University of Klagenfurt, Austria [online], 24 September 2021 - 29 September 2021 (pp. 95-98). Tredition: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5385359

Boylan, M., & Adams, G. (2019). Policy shifts in primary mathematics professional development in England: hybrid roles and system leadership. In Educating the educators III, Freiburg, Germany, 7 October 2019 - 8 October 2019 (pp. 70-72).

Boylan, M., & Adams, G. (2019). Policy shifts in primary mathematics professional development in England: hybrid roles and system leadership. In Educating the educators III, Freiburg, Germany, 7 October 2019 - 8 October 2019 (pp. 70-72).

Boylan, M., & Adams, G. (2019). Paradox, market mirages and the statification of professional learning: the case of mathematics professional development in England. In British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester, 10 September 2019 - 12 September 2019.

Boylan, M., & Adams, G. (2019). Paradox, market mirages and the statification of professional learning: the case of mathematics professional development in England. In British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester, 10 September 2019 - 12 September 2019.

Demissie, A., Povey, H., & Adams, G. (2019). What are the affordances and limitations of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) pedagogy for teaching and learning mathematics? In Curtis, F. (Ed.) Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, Open University, 19 March 2019.

Chronaki, A., Adams, G., Andrade, M., Bruno, G., Demissie, F., Marcone, R., ... Yolcu, A. (2019). Unfolding global/local policies, practices and/or hybrids in mathematics education worldwide: utopias, pleasures, pressures and conflicts. Proceedings of the Tenth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference. https://www.mescommunity.info/proceedings/MES10.pdf

Povey, H., Adams, G., Demissie, F., & Chronaki, A. (2019). Initial report from the project in citizenship and mathematics (PICAM): moral and political dilemmas. Proceedings of the Tenth International Mathematics Education and Society Conference. https://www.mescommunity.info/proceedings/MES10.pdf

Adams, G., Boylan, M., & Maxwell, B. (2018). Primary mastery specialists: adaptive leadership of pedagogical and cultural change. Paper presented at symposium 'Professional development facilitators: theorising knowledge, skills and practice'. In British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2018, Northumbria University, Newcastle, 11 September 2018 - 13 September 2018.

Taylor, C., & Adams, G. (2017). Doctoral journeyings: Pedagogic possibilities for profound happiness. In Higher Education: Rising to the challenge: Balancing expectations of students, society and stakeholders, Celtic Manor, Newport, 2017 - 2017. Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)

Povey, H., & Adams, G. (2017). Thinking forward : using stories from the recent past in mathematics education in England. In Chronaki, A. (Ed.) Mathematics Education : Proceedings of 9th International Conference of Mathematics Education and Society (MES) Conference, Volos, Greece, April 2017, (pp. 803-811). Thessaly, Greece: International Conference of Mathematics Education and Society (MES): http://mes9.ece.uth.gr/portal/index.php/program-en/conferenceproceedings-en

Adams, G., & Povey, H. (2016). Workshop report: Using data from a history of Smile to overcome 'historic loneliness'. In BSRLM Day conference, Loughborough University, 11 June 2016. http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/BSRLM-CP-36-2-15.pdf

Povey, H., Adams, G., & Boylan, M. (2016). Making time to make meaning: an embodied approach to learning. In Y. Solomon (Chair), Making time for mathematics: the case for a slower-paced pedagogy. Symposium. In British Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Leeds University, 13 September 2016 - 15 September 2016.

Povey, H., Adams, G., & Everley, R. (2016). "Its influence taints all": mathematics teachers resisting performativity through engagement with the past. In 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Hamburg, 24 July 2016 - 2016.

Povey, H., Adams, G., & Jackson, C. (2016). “It was all led by them”: opening up opportunities for making mathematics through a children’s exhibition. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 36 (1), 82-87. https://bsrlm.org.uk/publications/proceedings-of-day-conference/ip36-1/

Adams, G. (2014). 'It doesn't have to be like this': Women mathematics teachers' experience of professional learning. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 34 (1), 1-6. http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/IPs/ip34-1/BSRLM-IP-34-1-01.pdf

Adams, G. (2012). Pushing the boundaries : Women teachers’ experiences of learning mathematics. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 32 (2), 5-10. http://www.bsrlm.org.uk/IPs/ip32-2/BSRLM-IP-32-2-01.pdf

Book chapters

Povey, H., Adams, G., & Jackson, C. (2018). Time for work: finding worth-while-ness in making mathematics. In Ernest, P. (Ed.) Philosophy of Mathematics Education Today. (pp. 343-352). Dordrecht: Springer: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-77760-3_22

Starczewska, A., Hodkinson, A., & Adams, G. (2013). Poland, Special education in. In Reynolds, C.R., Vannets, K.J., & Fletcher-Janzen, E. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of special education : reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals. John Wiley & Sons, Inc: http://doi.org/10.1002/9781118660584.ese1883

Reports

Demack, S., Reaney-Wood, S., Adams, G., Stiell, B., & Culliney, M. (2019). Number of A levels taken and subject combinations: An analysis of NPD data for A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics (2013, 2015 & 2017). https://mei.org.uk/app/uploads/2021/08/FMSP-A-level-Combinations-2019.pdf

Adams, G., Reaney-Wood, S., Demack, S., Handforth, R., & Stiell, B. (2019). An Evaluation of the Further Mathematics Support Programme Research Report. 2017-2018. https://mei.org.uk/reports/evaluation-of-the-fmsp-2017-18-phase-6/

Demack, S., Reaney-Wood, S., Adams, G., Stiell, B., & Culliney, M. (2019). Participation and Attainment in A level Mathematics & FurtherMathematics. https://mei.org.uk/reports/participation-and-attainment-in-a-level-mathematics-further-mathematics/

Boylan, M., Wolstenholme, C., Maxwell, B., Demack, S., Jay, T., Reaney, S., & Adams, G. (2019). Longitudinal evaluation of the Mathematics Teacher Exchange: China-England - Final Report. Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evaluation-of-the-maths-teacher-exchange-china-and-england

Boylan, M., Demack, S., Willis, B., Stevens, A., Adams, G., & Verrier, D. (2015). Multiplicative reasoning professional development programme : evaluation. London: Department for Education. https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/436832/RR406A_-_Multiplicative_Reasoning_Professional_Development_Programme.pdf

Adams, G., Povey, H., Beutelspacher, A., Kahlen, C., Weber, R., Jackson, C., ... Soares, M.D.C. (2013). MiMa - Mathematics in the Making - The Project. Sheffield Hallam University.

Media

Adams, G., Povey, H., Jackson, C., Beutelspacher, A., Kahlen, C., Weber, R., & Munkacsy, K. (2013). MiMa - Mathematics in the Making - The DVD. [DVD].

Presentations

Adams, G., & Donaghue, H. (2022). The role of situated talk in developing doctoral students’ researcher identities [abstract only]. Presented at: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2022, Online, 2022

Donaghue, H., & Adams, G. (2021). Developing doctoral researcher identities through tutorial talk. Presented at: 7th International Conference on Professional and Practice-Based Doctorates, Online, 2021

Perry, E., Booth, J., Boylan, M., & Adams, G. (2020). Professionalism and professional development: modelling a dynamicrelationship. Presented at: International Professional Development Association, Online conference

Adams, G., & Povey, H. (2019). Making connections through mathematical activity: The Project in Citizenship and Mathematics (PiCaM). Presented at: Global Perspectives: Re-imagining Education, University of Worcester

Perry, E., Adams, G., & Burnett, C. (2018). Let it go! Learning through openness, space and play. Presented at: Festival of Social Science, Sheffield

Adams, G. (2018). 'The struggle to be there, let alone be heard': Doctoral researchers' narratives. Presented at: The ABCs of Narrative, University of Twente

Adams, G., & Cripps, C. (2016). Developing doctoralness: experiences of feedback on the Doctorate in Education in a UK university. Presented at: International Conference on Professional Doctorates, Titanic, Belfast

Boylan, M., Adams, G., & Willis, B. (2015). Professional learning as situated: Accounting for variation in engagement and outcomes in professional development. Presented at: International Association for Professional Development (IPDA) Conference, Aston University

Other activities

I am Deputy Director, Education, Childhood & Youth Pathway, ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and Co-coordinator of the Doctorate in Education Directors' National Network. I have acted as Panel Member, Professional Doctorate (DBA) validation panel, SHU, 2018 and External reviewer, Nottingham Trent University (Professional Doctorates), 2016-2017.
I am a Member of British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, and held the role of Publications Officer for the society between 2014 – 2016. I have been the External examiner, Liverpool Hope University (PG Certificate in Mathematics Education), September 2016 -2020 and at the University of Brighton PGCE (Mathematics), 2014-2016.
Within the university I am a member of the Research Degrees Committee, the cross-university Doctoral Training Group and was a member of Faculty Ethics Committee for several years.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome informal contacts from prospective doctoral students in all areas related to my research interests.

Current doctoral researchers:
Ben Kirk, The impact of the primary PE specialist on the delivery of high quality physical education: A case study evaluation. EdD. Director of Studies.
Rachel Stone, Critical reflection in Higher Education teaching. EdD. Director of Studies.
Bob Sawyer, Challenging the attitudes and beliefs of teachers of mathematics using ‘Task Design’. PhD. Second supervisor.
Sarah Williams, What role do primary head teachers’ beliefs play in the conceptualisation of Physical Education? EdD. Director of Studies.
Harriet Agbenowu, An inclusive curriculum in a Special School: A cross national comparison, UK and Ghana. EdD. Director of Studies.
Amy Birkhead, Exploring beginning mathematics teachers’ development of identity. EdD. Director of Studies.

Completed doctoral researchers:
Herine Otieno, Improving students’ relationship with mathematics through self-regulated learning in Kenyan secondary schools. Commonwealth Scholar PhD, October 2018. Second supervisor.

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