Mathematics Education Research Network (MERN)

  • School of Education, 35 Berkekely Square

    BS6 7LS Bristol

    United Kingdom

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The Mathematics Education Research Network provides a unifying grouping for members of the SoE who work in the area of mathematics education. MERN connects diverse research within mathematics education, with a common focus on learning. The network supports teaching in mathematics education, including highly rated courses for PGCE and MEd as well as doctoral students.

Impact and audiences

Members of MERN sit on policy and advice committees and impact policy making in the UK. The work of members of MERN has an audience both internationally and in the UK amongst academics and professionals.

Research methodologies and questions

We work collaboratively in different groupings both within the SoE, in the local community of schools, nationally and internationally. Research methodologies used within the network include enactivism and cultural, historical activity theory.

Areas of research interest include new technologies, teacher development, creativity and classroom cultures. A unifying perspective on our various activities is the shared aim of linking research and practice.

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    Research Output

    Communicating ‘nots’: A journey in mathematics education

    Coles, A. T., 2 Mar 2020, In : For the Learning of Mathematics. 40, 0, p. 15-20 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Seeing more, seeing differently as mathematics teacher educator-researchers

    Helliwell, T. & Brown, J., 1 Mar 2020, In : For the Learning of Mathematics. 40, 0, p. 9-14 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Conceptualising the expertise of the mathematics teacher educator

    Helliwell, T. & Chorney, S., 6 Jul 2019, Proceedings of the 43rd Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. Graven, M., Venkat, H., Essien, A. & Vale, P. (eds.). Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England: The International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education , Vol. 1. p. 175-176 (v1) 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

    Open Access
  • Projects

    Student theses

    Re-observing the emergence of mathematics learning through conversations in a classroom from an enactivist perspective: A methodological study

    Author: Ramirez, P., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Brown, L. C. (Supervisor) & Sutherland, R. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)



    Robin Averill

    Tracy Helliwell (Host)

    Apr 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

    Zentralblatt für Didaktik der Mathematik (Journal)

    Alf T Coles (Editor)

    1 May 2017

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Invited plenary lectures and workshops

    Alf T Coles (Speaker)

    10 Feb 201615 Feb 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk