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Ms. Elizabeth Oldham

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Pure & Applied Mathematics)


Elizabeth Oldham's main work is in the field of mathematics education. She has a long association with cross-national studies of curriculum and attainment: she was a member of the international Curriculum Analysis Group for the Second International Mathematics Study in the 1980s; she worked with the Educational Research Centre in Dublin with regard to curriculum aspects of the Third International Mathematics and Science Study in the 1990s; and was a member of the National Advisory Committee for the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and is a member of the National TIMSS [Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study] Post-Primary Advisory Group. She served as an Education Officer (Mathematics) for the Irish National Council for Curriculum and Assessment while the school mathematics courses were being revised in the 1990s. Her current work is chiefly on aspects of teaching and learning mathematics, particularly with regard to teachers' and prospective teachers' philosophies of mathematics and mathematical identities, but also on prospective teachers' understanding of concepts. Her other main field of interest is the use of ICTs in education. She served on the ICT Steering Committee of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, and now works especially with colleagues in the Trinity College Centre for Research in IT in Education. With the revival of interest in computer programming in schools, she is also engaged in research in this area. She is a former President of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland (2000-2002). At present she is co-chair of a Research and Development Community ("Science and Mathematics Education") of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. She is currently Treasurer of the Dublin Branch of the Irish Mathematics Teachers' Association and has chaired the Dublin Branch of the Computer Education Society of Ireland; she serves on the national executives of both bodies. A former teacher at Alexandra College, Dublin, she served on the school's Council (governing body) for over thirty years.
  Comparative Education   Computer Education/Literacy   Educational/Instructional Technology   Elementary/Secondary Education   Mathematics Education   Precollegiate Education--Science/Mathematics   Teacher Education
 The Programming Studio
 An exploration of Mathematical Identity using Narrative as a Tool (MINT)
 The effect of calculator use on mathematics in schools and in Certificate examinations

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Reviewer for Irish Educational Studies Current
Reviewer for the European Journal of Teacher Education Current
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Educational Studies Association of Ireland 1977 Present
Association for Teacher Education in Europe 1981 Present
Irish Mathematics Teachers' Association 1970 Present
Computers in Education Society of Ireland 1973 Present
Irish Mathematical Society 2014 Present
Roisin Faherty, Karen Nolan, Keith Quille, Brett Becker, and Elizabeth Oldham, A brief history of K-12 Computer Science education in Ireland, International Journal of Computer Science Education in Schools, 6, (1), 2023, p3 - 34, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Elizabeth Oldham & Aibhín Bray, Undergraduate mathematics students' reflections on school mathematics curricula after a major curriculum change in Ireland, Building on the Past to Prepare for the Future, 16th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project, Cambridge, England, 8-13 August 2022, edited by Janina Morska & Alan Rogerson , WTM Verlag für wissenschaftliche Texte und Medien, Münster, 2022, pp378 - 383, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Elizabeth Oldham, Computing in the Irish school curriculum: What can we learn from a fifty-year adventure?, ITiCSE 22: Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, Dublin, Ireland, 8-13 July 2022, Association for Computing Machinery, 2022, pp1 - 1, Notes: [Keynote], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Aibhín Bray & Elizabeth Oldham, An exploration of the use of structured reflection tasks to surface prospective teachers' awareness of TPACK, Twelfth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME12), Bolzano, Italy [online], 2-5 February 2022, edited by Hodgen, J., Geraniou, E., Bolondi,G. & Ferretti, F. , Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and ERME, 2022, pp2514 - 2516, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Cornelia Connolly, Jake Byrne and Elizabeth Oldham, The trajectory of Computer Science education policy in Ireland: A document analysis narrative, European Journal of Education, 57, (3), 2022, p512 - 529, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Reforming Junior Cycle: Lessons from Project Maths in, editor(s)Damian Murchan and Keith Johnston , Curriculum Change within Policy and Practice: Reforming Second-Level Education in Ireland, Cham, Switzerland, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021, pp125 - 142, [Chris Byrne, Mark Prendergast and Elizabeth Oldham], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Emma Berry, Aibhín Bray, and Elizabeth Oldham, Reflection on Project Maths after Ten Years: To What Extent Have Teaching Methods Changed?, Eighth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland : MEI8, Dublin City University [online}, 15-16 October 2021, edited by Mary Kingston and Paul Grimes , DCU Institute of Education, 2021, pp133 - 140, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Elizabeth Oldham, Aibhín Bray, Melanie Ní Dhuinn, & Jennifer Liston, An analysis of undergraduate mathematicians' reactions and reflections about issues in mathematics education, ATEE Annual Conference 2020/2021: Re-imagining and remaking teacher education, Warsaw [online], 9-11 September 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Bray, A., Byrne, J. R., Tangney, B., & Oldham, E. , The Bridge21 framework: Impact on teachers and implications for equitable, inclusive classrooms, ATEE Spring Conference 2020-2021, Florence, Italy [online], 28-29 October 2021, edited by Maria Ranieri, Laura Menichetti, Stefano Cuomo, Davide Parmigiani, and Marta Pellegrini , Firenze University Press, 2021, pp151 - 153, Notes: [Book of extended abstracts], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Laurinda Leite, Elizabeth Oldham, Ana S. Afonso, Floriano Viseu, Luís Dourado and Maria Helena Martinho, Science and Mathematics Education for 21st Century Citizens: Challenges and Ways Forward, Hauppage, NY, Nova Science Publishers, 2020, i-xxvii, 1-407pp, Book, PUBLISHED

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Elizabeth Oldham, "Classroom experience" in a Mathematics Education module: Learning from the students' accounts of their different experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, AUCEi Annual Meeting, Florida, USA [online], 30th July 2021, 2021, Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Elizabeth Oldham, Changes in curriculum and assessment for school mathematics: Ireland in international context, Mathematics Education Research Group seminar, University College Dublin [online], 9th April 2021, 2021, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Elizabeth Oldham, Changes in curriculum and assessment for school mathematics: Ireland in international context, Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium , Maynooth University, 4th November 2020, 2020, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Maynooth University, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Richard Millwood and Elizabeth Oldham, Shaping tomorrow today ... starting with yesterday, Computers in Education Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2018 (CESIcon 2018), Dublin City University, Dublin, 10th March 2018, 2018, Computers in Education Society of Ireland, Notes: [Keynote address], Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Richard Millwood and Elizabeth Oldham, Computer Science in Schools in England and Ireland - context and current developments in 2017, 22º Seminário de Educação, Tecnologia e Sociedade (22nd Conference on Education, Technology and Society), Facultades Integradas de Taquara, Taquara, Brazil, 10-16 October 2017, 2017, Notes: [Invited keynote paper for online conference - video available at], Conference Paper, PRESENTED
Elizabeth Oldham, Setting the scene, Symposium on the proposed new Leaving Certificate course on Computer Science, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, 16 September 2017, 2017, Notes: [Invited presentation at the symposium run by the Computers in Education Society of Ireland.], Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Patsy Stafford, Elizabeth Oldham and Valerie O'Dowd, Ratio and proportional thinking: a study in an Irish context, British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Day Conference, Dublin, 27-28 February 2015, edited by C. Smith , 35, (1), BSRLM, 2015, pp78 - 83, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Elizabeth Oldham, Fr. Ingram Memorial Lecture, 2014: Celebrating the past, embracing the present and preparing for future change, Irish Mathematics Teachers Association Newsletter, 114, 2014, p6 - 9, Notes: [Invited lecture on the occasion of the Annual Conference and Golden Jubilee Dinner of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Elizabeth Oldham, Mathematics education: Taking stock, examining practice, developing policy?, Why Maths Matters - responding to the challenges of mathematics education in Ireland: Taking stock, examining practice, developing policy, University of Limerick, 8 March 2013, edited by Gráinne O'Donovan , Higher Education Authority, 2013, pp50 - 62, Notes: [Keynote address], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED
Elizabeth Oldham, Mathematics education reform in Ireland: directions and dilemmas, Trends in Mathematics Education, University College Cork, 26 November 2012, 2012, Notes: [Invited paper; extended abstract available in the Book of Abstracts, edited by Paul Conway, Vanessa Rutherford and Michael Delargey, pp42 - 44], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED


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Mathematics education, in particular mathematics curriculum, teaching and learning; philosophies of mathematics education and their implications for teaching and learning; mathematical identity; teaching and learning (especially teaching and learning mathematics) with ICTs; computer programming and computational thinking in school curricula