Elizabeth Oldham
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Pure & Applied Mathematics

Biography

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 she is currently a member of the National Advisory Committee for the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and 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 Centre ("Science and Mathematics Education") of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe. She is currently Vice-Chair 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 is now on the school's Council (governing body).

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Aibhín Bray, Elizabeth Oldham and Katriona O'Sullivan, A Study of Readiness for the Integration of 21st Century Practices in the Mathematics Classrooms, 10th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, Dublin, 1-5 February 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Elizabeth Oldham, Pamela Cowan, Richard Millwood, Glenn Strong, Nina Bresnihan, Mags Amond, and Lisa Hegarty, CTwins: Does Computational Thinking win when Coding Twins are born?, Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland, 20-22 April 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A., Johnston, K. & Oldham. E., , Use of Technology by Pre-Service Teachers on School Placement - An Irish Perspective, International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED), Valencia, 6-8th March, edited by L. Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, I. Candel Torres , 2017, pp1345 - 1354 Conference Paper, 2017

Elizabeth Oldham, Pamela Cowan, Richard Millwood, Glenn Strong, Nina Bresnihan, Mags Amond, and Lisa Hegarty, Developing confident computational thinking through teacher twinning online, 2017 ATEE Spring Conference - Innovation, Technologies and Research in Education, Riga, Latvia, 12-13th May 2017, 2017 Conference Paper, 2017

Lorraine Fisher, Elizabeth Oldham, Richard Millwood, Ann FitzGibbon and Pamela Cowan, Recognising and addressing inertia affecting teacher education: a case study considering Computer Science in the Republic of Ireland, Journal of the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education, 1, (3a), 2016, p81 - 102 Journal Article, 2016

Elizabeth Oldham, Patsy Stafford and Valerie O'Dowd, Investigating Irish prospective primary teachers' awareness of applications of the ratio concept: implications for teacher education, 2015 ATEE Annual Conference: Teacher Education through Partnerships and Collaborative Learning Communities, Glasgow, 24-26 August 2015, edited by Kay Livingston and Gaele MacFarlane , ATEE (Association for Teacher Education in Europe), 2016, pp131 - 144 Conference Paper, 2016

Therese Dooley, Elizabeth Oldham, Maurice OReilly and Gerry Shiel, Irish National Presentation, 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education, Hamburg, Germany, July 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Pamela Cowan, Elizabeth Oldham and Ann FitzGibbon, Think, code, succeed: The Programming Studio as a games-based collaboration, 2015 ATEE Annual Conference: Teacher Education through Partnerships and Collaborative Learning Communities, Glasgow, 24-26 August 2015, edited by Kay Livingston and Gaele MacFarlane , ATEE (Association for Teacher Education in Europe), 2016, pp97 - 113 Conference Paper, 2016

Elizabeth Oldham, Balancing Content Knowledge and Pedagogical Content Knowledge in Educating the Best Mathematics Teachers: An Irish Case Study, Educating the best teachers: a challenge for teacher education - Proceedings of the 41st Annual ATEE conference, Eindhoven, 22-24 August 2016, edited by Quinta Kools, Bob Koster, Anouke Bakx, Paul Hennissen and Leids Congres Bureau , ATEE (Association for Teacher Education in Europe), 2016, pp79 - 86 Conference Paper, 2016

Pamela Cowan, Elizabeth Oldham and Ann FitzGibbon, Investigating Secondary Teachers' Perceptions of Learning Computational Thinking through Games Design: A case study in Ireland, 41st Annual ATEE conference, Eindhoven, 22-24 August 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Patricia Eaton, Christine Horn, Miriam Liston, Elizabeth Oldham and Maurice OReilly, Using Narrative to Access Mathematical Identity: An overview, British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Day Conference, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, 28th February 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Realistic Mathematics Education, Mobile Technology & The Bridge21 Model For 21st Century Learning - A Perfect Storm in, editor(s)H. Crompton & J. Traxler , Mobile Learning and Mathematics: Foundations, Design, and Case Studies, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, Routledge, 2015, pp96 - 105, [B. Tangney, A. Bray & E. Oldham] Book Chapter, 2015

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A., Johnston, K. & Oldham. E., Professional Use of Technology on School Placement - an Irish study., Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 , Las Vegas, March 2-6 2015, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), 2015, pp2040 - 2047 Conference Paper, 2015

Patricia Eaton, Christine Horn, Miriam Liston, Elizabeth Oldham and Maurice OReilly, Interconnected Contexts for (student) Teacher Education: An insight from a Study of Mathematical Identity, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 40th Annual Conference, Glasgow, 24-26 August 2015, 2015 Oral Presentation, 2015

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A. & Oldham, E., Using ePortfolios in a College of Education - an interim report., Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015, Las Vegas, March 2-6 2015, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), 2015, pp1617 - 1623 Conference Paper, 2015

Setting the Context: Developments in the Republic of Ireland prior to Schools IT 2000 in, editor(s)Deirdre Butler, Kevin Marshall and Margaret Leahy , Shaping the Future: How Technology Can Lead to Educational Transformation, Dublin, The Liffey Press, 2015, pp19 - 45, [Elizabeth Oldham] Book Chapter, 2015

Nina Bresnihan, Richard Millwood, Elizabeth Oldham, Glenn Strong and Diana Wilson, A critique of the current trend to implement computing in schools, Pedagogika, 65, (3), 2015, p292 - 300 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Aibhín Bray, Elizabeth Oldham and Brendan Tangney, Technology-Mediated Realistic Mathematics Education and the Bridge21 Model: A teaching experiment, Proceedings of the 9th Congress of European Research in Mathematics Education, Prague, Czech Republic, 4-8 February 2015, edited by Konrad Krainer and Naďa Vondrová , Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education and ERME, 2015, pp2487 - 2494 Conference Paper, 2015

Elizabeth Oldham, Patsy Stafford and Valerie O'Dowd, Investigating Representations of Ratio among Prospective Primary Teachers in Ireland: Implications for Teacher Education, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 39th Annual Conference, Braga, Portugal, 25-27 August 2014, edited by L. Leite, M.A. Flores, L. Dourado, M. T. Vilaca and S. Morgado , ATEE, 2015, pp329 - 339 Conference Paper, 2015

Pamela Cowan, Elizabeth Oldham and Ann FitzGibbon, The Programming Studio: Investigating teachers' readiness for teaching programming in the island of Ireland, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 39th Annual Conference, Braga, Portugal, 25-27 August 2014, edited by L. Leite, M.A. Flores, L. Dourado, M. T. Vilaca and S. Morgado , ATEE, 2015, pp299 - 309 Conference Paper, 2015

Patricia Eaton, Christine Horn, Miriam Liston, Elizabeth Oldham and Maurice OReilly, From learner to teacher: using reflection to develop mathematical teacher identity, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 39th Annual Conference, Braga, Portugal, 25-27 August 2014, edited by L. Leite, M.A. Flores, L. Dourado, M. T. Vilaca and S. Morgado , ATEE, 2015, pp367 - 375 Conference Paper, 2015

Elizabeth Oldham and Aoibhinn Ni Shuilleabhain, Investigating Representations of Ratio among Prospective Mathematics Teachers: a Study of Student-Teachers and Students of Mathematics in an Irish University, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 38th Annual Conference, Østfold, Norway, 22-25 August 2013, edited by Eystein Arntzen , ATEE aisbl, 2014, pp298 - 321 Conference Paper, 2014

Alison Egan, Ann FitzGibbon and Elizabeth Oldham, Technology Acceptance and ePortfolios: An Intervention in a College of Education, International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 10-12 March 2014, edited by L.Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, and I. Candel Torres , IATED Academy, 2014, 6328 - 6336 Conference Paper, 2014

Alison Egan, Ann FitzGibbon, Elizabeth Oldham and Keith Johnston, So You're a Technology Expert - What can you do?, International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 10-12 March 2014, edited by L.Gomez Chova, A. Lopez Martinez, and I. Candel Torres , IATED Academy, 2014, pp6167 - 6176 Conference Paper, 2014

Patricia Eaton, Christine Horn, Miriam Liston, Elizabeth Oldham and Maurice OReilly, Developing an Instrument to explore Mathematical Identity: A Study of Students from several Third Level Institutions in Ireland, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 38th Annual Conference, Østfold, 22-25 August 2013, edited by Eystein Arntzen , ATEE, 2014, pp280 - 296 Conference Paper, 2014

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A., Oldham, E., Girvan, C. & Hallissy, M. , A Vision for Education in 2026 - the Views of a Cohort of Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 25-29 2013, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2013, pp1275 - 1282 Conference Paper, 2013

Murchan, D., Oldham, E. & O'Sullivan, C. , Applying CBA technology to traditional error analysis in elementary mathematics. Lessons from Maths Assist. , Annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, April 2013, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Elizabeth Oldham, Are we there yet? An examination of issues raised by the ICMI study 'School Mathematics in the 1990s' and other publications from the 1980s, Fifth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education MEI5, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, 5-6 September 2013, edited by Therese Dooley, Siun NicMhuiri, Maurice OReilly and Ronan Ward , St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 2013, pp260 - 271 Conference Paper, 2013

Elizabeth Oldham, Getting ratio in proportion? An examination of the emphasis on ratio-related concepts in Irish mathematics curricula, Fifth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education MEI5, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9, 5-6 September 2013, edited by Therese Dooley, Siun NicMhuiri, Maurice OReilly and Ronan Ward , St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 2013, pp272 - 283 Conference Paper, 2013

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A. & Oldham, E., Teacher Identified Uses of Technology in the Classroom - an Irish cohort, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 25-29 2013, Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2013, pp5034 - 5039 Conference Paper, 2013

Sarah Berenson, Elizabeth Oldham, Elsa Price and Laurinda Leite, Investigating Representations of Ratio among Prospective Mathematics and Science Teachers: An International Study, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 37th Annual Conference, Eskisehir, Turkey, 25-29 August 2012, edited by Esmahan Agaoglu, Cetin Terzi, Ceyhun Kavrayici, Damla Aydug and Beyza Himmetoglu , ATEE aisbl, 2013, pp78 - 92 Conference Paper, 2013

Bray, A., Oldham, E. and Tangney, B., The Human Catapult and Other Stories - Adventures with Technology in Mathematics Education, 11th International Conference on Technology in Maths Teaching (ICTMT11), Bari, Italy, 9-12 July 2013, edited by Eleonora Faggiano and Antonella Montone , 2013, pp77 - 83 Conference Paper, 2013

Patricia Eaton, Elizabeth Oldham and Maurice OReilly, Nature and nurture: an analysis of mathematical identity of distinct cohorts of prospective teachers, Teachers' Life-cycle from Initial Teacher Education to Experienced Professional: 2011 ATEE Annual Conference, Riga, 26-30 August 2011, edited by Irēna ogla and Lūcija Rutka , Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 2012, pp29 - 43 Conference Paper, 2012 URL

Sean Close, Elizabeth Oldham, Gerry Shiel, Therese Dooley & Michael O'Leary, Effects of Calculators on Mathematics Achievement and Attitudes of Ninth-Grade Students, The Journal of Educational Research, 105, (6), 2012, p377 - 390 Journal Article, 2012 URL DOI

FitzGibbon, A., Egan, A., Oldham, E. & Girvan, C. , What Should We Investigate Next? A Scoping Exercise to Identify Variables of Relevance in Teachers' Views on Technology-Related Issues, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012 , Austin, TX, 5-9 March 2012, edited by P. Resta , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2012, pp3218 - 3223 Conference Paper, 2012

Ann Devitt, Elizabeth Oldham and Marita Kerin, Beginning a career of learning about learning: a case study of student teachers in an initial teacher education programme in Ireland, Teachers' Life-cycle from Initial Teacher education to Experienced Professional: 2011 ATEE Annual Conference, Riga, 26-30 August 2011, edited by Irēna ogla and Lūcija Rutka , Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 2012, pp283 - 296 Conference Paper, 2012 URL

Ann Devitt, Marita Kerin, Helen O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Oldham, Thresholds Concepts and Practices for Teacher Education: a different lens or just a new pair of drapes, ESAI 2012 (37th Annual Educational Studies Association of Ireland Conference), University College Cork, 29-31 March 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Egan, A., FitzGibbon, A., Girvan, C. & Oldham, E. , Self-Reported Competency and Technology Acceptance: Investigating the Relationship for a Cohort of Irish Pre-Service Teachers, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2012, Austin, TX, 5-9 March 2012, edited by P. Resta , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2012, pp3210 - 3217 Conference Paper, 2012

The teaching and learning of mathematics in Ugandan secondary schools: poised for change? in, editor(s)Rosarii Griffin , Teacher education in Sub-Saharan Africa: closer perspectives, Oxford, Symposium Books, 2012, pp147 - 164, [Paul Conway, Elizabeth Oldham, James Urwick, Sarah Kisa, Justine Otaala and Ann Mugwera] Book Chapter, 2012

League tables: measures of quality or distractions from meaningful critique? in, editor(s)Imelda Elliott, Michael Murphy, Alain Payeur, Raymond Duval , Mutations de l'enseignement supérieur et internationalisation / Change in higher education and globalisation, Brussels, De Boeck, 2011, pp45 - 58, [Elizabeth Oldham] Book Chapter, 2011

Murchan, D. & Oldham, E., Exploring diagnostic error analysis methodologies in the context of e-assessment in primary-level mathematics, Annual meeting of the Association for Educational Assessment - Europe, Belfast, 10-12 November 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Ann FitzGibbon, Carina Girvan and Elizabeth Oldham , Sustainable use of technology for effective learning in Ireland, EDEN Annual Conference: Learning and sustainability - the new ecosystem of information and knowledge, Dublin, 19-22 June 2011, 2011, pp9 Conference Paper, 2011

Patricia Eaton, Elizabeth Oldham and Maurice OReilly, Looking back to look forward: The mathematical identity of prospective mathematics teachers, 4th National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education: MEI4, St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin, 22-23 September 2011, edited by T. Dooley, D. Corcoran and M. Ryan , 2011, pp155 - 167 Conference Paper, 2011 URL

Elizabeth Oldham, Balancing Support, Challenge and Responsibility in Professional Development: the Views and Experiences of Participants in a Mathematics Curriculum Innovation Project in the Republic of Ireland, Responsibility, Challenge and Support in Teachers' Life-long Development: ATEE 2010 Annual Conference, Budapest, 26-30 August 2010, edited by Gyorgy Meszaros & Ivan Falus , Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 2011, pp233 - 247 Conference Paper, 2011 URL

B. Tangney, E. Oldham, C. Conneely, E. Barrett, & J. Lawlor, Pedagogy and processes for a computer engineering outreach workshop - the B2C model, IEEE Transactions on Education, 53, (1), 2010, p53 - 60 Journal Article, 2010

Ann FitzGibbon, Carina Girvan, Elizabeth Oldham & Hilary McLouglin, Digital divides: Experiences and beliefs of Education students in Ireland, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, San Diego, March 2010, edited by D. Gibson & B. Dodge , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2010, pp2460 - 2465 Conference Paper, 2010

The status of mathematical knowledge and its implications for mathematics education in, editor(s)Aidan Seery , Essays in tribute to J. Valentine Rice, 1935-2006, Dublin, Lilliput Press, 2010, pp159 - 181, [Elizabeth Oldham] Book Chapter, 2010

B. Tangney, S. Knox, G. Sharpe, E. Oldham, S. Weber, S. Soloway, & K. Jennings, Towards the use of Smartphones for the contextualized teaching of mathematics, Education in the wild: contextual and location-based mobile learning in action. STELLAR Alpine Rendez-Vous Workshop, Germany, 2010, edited by E. Brown , University of Nottingham Learning Sciences Research institute, 2010, pp13 - 17 Conference Paper, 2010

Elizabeth Oldham & Sean Close, Solving problems in mathematics education: challenges for Project Maths, Third National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (MEI3), Drumcondra, Dublin, 24-25 September 2009, edited by Dolores Corcoran, Therese Dooley, Sean Close & Ronan Ward , St. Patrick's College Drumcondra, 2009, pp295 - 308 Conference Paper, 2009 URL

Elizabeth Oldham, Ann FitzGibbon, Carina Girvan, Graham Heap, Micheal Collins and Tim Savage, You can lead students to Second Life, but can you get them to immerse?, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Charleston, South Carolina, March 2009, edited by Ian Gibson, Roberta Weber, Karen McFerrin, Roger Carlsen and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2009, pp2318 - 2323 Conference Paper, 2009

Changing the culture of learning in mathematics and science: facing the challenge in Ireland in, editor(s)Issa M. Saleh and Myint Swe Khine , Fostering scientific habits of mind: pedagogical content and best practices in science education, Rotterdam, Sense Publishers, 2009, pp295 - 317, [Elizabeth Oldham] Book Chapter, 2009

Ann FitzGibbon, Elizabeth Oldham and Keith Johnston, Are Irish Student-Teachers Prepared to be Agents of Change in using IT in Education?, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Las Vegas,, March 2008, edited by Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2008, pp1397 - 1404 Conference Paper, 2008

Ann FitzGibbon, Elizabeth Oldham and Keith Johnston, An investigation of student-teachers' use of social networks and their perceptions of using technology for teaching and learning, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, San Antonio, March 2007, edited by Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2007, pp788 - 795 Conference Paper, 2007

Richard Butler and Elizabeth Oldham, Digital manipulatives as Froebel's Gifts in the 21st century? Pre-service teachers report on their experience of using Lego Mindstorms with children in Irish schools, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, San Antonio, March 2007, edited by Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2007, pp1417 - 1424 Conference Paper, 2007

Elizabeth Oldham and Richard Butler, Brief encounters, hard fun: pre-service teachers' reflections on short modules on Logo and Lego Mindstorms in Ireland, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Orlando, Florida, March 2006, edited by Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2006, pp3802 - 3808 Conference Paper, 2006

Elizabeth Oldham, The PISA mathematics results in context, Irish Journal of Education, 37, 2006, p27 - 52 Journal Article, 2006

Keith Johnston, Ann FitzGibbon, Elizabeth Oldham and Aidan Seery, Have Irish Pre-Service Teachers Crossed the Digital Divide?, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Orlando, Florida, March 2006, edited by Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2006, pp1651 - 1658 Conference Paper, 2006

Elizabeth Oldham and Sean Close, Solving problems in Irish mathematics education: an examination of two problem-based mathematics courses for pre-service teachers, Association for Teacher Education in Europe 30th Annual Conference, Amsterdam, October 2005, edited by Jos Beelen, Marco Snoek, Anja Swennan, Jannis de Valk, Sjoerd Visser and Yvonne Wulder , Amsterdam Faculty of Education, 2006, pp383 - 387 Conference Paper, 2006 URL

Elizabeth E. Oldham, Ann FitzGibbon and Keith Johnston, Ubiquitous devices - a preparation for student-teachers' use of technology for teaching and learning?, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2005, edited by Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Ian Gibson, Karen McFerrin, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2005, pp1524 - 1531 Conference Paper, 2005

Elizabeth Oldham, Curriculum overload: a question of values?, Search: a Church of Ireland Journal, 27, (1), 2004, p39 - 51 Journal Article, 2004

Judith Cosgrove, Gerry Shiel, Elizabeth Oldham and Nick Sofroniou, A survey of mathematics teachers in Ireland, Irish Journal of Education, 35, 2004, p20 - 44 Journal Article, 2004

Joe English and Elizabeth Oldham, Continuing professional development for mathematics teachers: Meeting needs in the Republic of Ireland, 29th Annual Conference of the Educational Studies Association of Ireland, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, April 2004, 2004, ppi, 1-26 Conference Paper, 2004

Ann FitzGibbon, Keith Johnston, Elizabeth Oldham and Andrew Loxley, Experiences and expectations of preservice teachers in the Republic of Ireland with regard to information and communications technologies in education, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 2004, edited by Richard Ferdig, Caroline Crawford, Roger Carlsen, Niki Davis, Jerry Price, Roberta Weber and Dee Anna Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2004, pp2158 - 2165 Conference Paper, 2004

Elizabeth Oldham, From FIMS to PISA to our classrooms: can large-scale cross-national studies help us to teach and learn differently?, Irish Educational Studies, 22, (1), 2003, p1 - 27 Journal Article, 2003

E. E. Oldham, The performance of Irish students in mathematical literacy in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Irish Journal of Education, 33, 2002, p31 - 52 Journal Article, 2002

Elizabeth Oldham, The culture of mathematics education in Ireland: keeping the faith?, Irish Educational Studies, 20, 2001, p266 - 277 Journal Article, 2001

Ann FitzGibbon, Cyril Drury, Elizabeth Oldham and Brendan Tangney, A hero's journey: introducing modular in-service diploma courses in IT at Trinity College Dublin, Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International conference, San Diego, February 2000, edited by D. A. Willis, J. Willis and J. Price , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 2000, pp626 - 632 Conference Paper, 2000

Elizabeth Oldham, Ton van der Valk, Harrie Broekman and Sarah Berenson, Beginning pre-service teachers' approaches to teaching the area concept: identifying tendencies towards realistic, structuralist, mechanist or empiricist mathematics education, European Journal of Teacher Education, 22, (1), 1999, p23 - 43 Journal Article, 1999

E. E. Oldham, A. E. van der Valk, H. G. B. Broekman and S. B. Berenson, Preservice teachers' ideas about teaching mathematics: contributions to frameworks for teacher education courses, Twentieth Annual Meeting of the American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Raleigh, NC, Fall1998, edited by S. B. Berenson, K. R. Dawkins, M. Blanton, W. N. Coulombe, J. Kolb, K. Norwood and L. Stiff , 1998, pp710 - 716 Conference Paper, 1998

Connie Carroll Widmer, Maria Goulding and Elizabeth Oldham, Problem solving in mathematics: curriculum and assessment in Ireland, the U. S. A. and England and Wales, Studies in Education, 14, (1), 1998, p45 - 54 Journal Article, 1998

Elizabeth Oldham, Learning to think mathematically: a reflective approach for mature student-teachers, Irish Educational Studies, 17, 1998, p194 - 207 Journal Article, 1998

Ann FitzGibbon and Elizabeth Oldham, Internet readiness: preservice teachers' attitudes to high technology in schools, Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, Washington, DC, March 1998, edited by Sara McNeil, Jerry D. Price, Stephanie Boger-Mehall, Bernard Robin and Jerry Willis , Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, 1998, pp542 - 545 Conference Paper, 1998

Sarah Berenson, Ton van der Valk, Elizabeth Oldham, Ulla Runesson, Cándida Queiroz Moreira and Harrie Broekman, An international study to investigate prospective teachers' content knowledge of the area concept, European Journal of Teacher Education, 20, (2), 1997, p137 - 150 Journal Article, 1997

Elizabeth Oldham, Encountering mathematical thinking: reactions and reflections of a group of student-teachers, Partnership and cooperation: 21st Annual Conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE), Glasgow, September 1996, edited by James McCall and Ronald M. Mackay , 1997, pp88 - 102 Conference Paper, 1997

Elizabeth Oldham, Trends in mathematical education: Ireland in international perspective, Studies in Education, 12, (2), 1996, p37 - 51 Journal Article, 1996

Elizabeth Oldham, Mathematics education for less able students in their final years at second level school: common-sense approaches to curriculum - a case study from the Republic of Ireland, Mathematics (Education) and Common Sense - The Challenge of Social Change and Technological Development: 47th CIEAEM Meeting, Berlin, July 1995, edited by C. Keitel, U. Gellert, E. Jablonska and M. Muller , 1996, pp237 - 244 Conference Paper, 1996

The Republic of Ireland in, editor(s)Leone Burton , Who counts: assessing mathematics in Europe, Stoke-on-Trent, Trentham Books, 1994, pp113 - 152, [Kathleen Lynch, Sean Close and Elizabeth Oldham] Book Chapter, 1994

E. E. Oldham, Senior cycle mathematics curricula in the Republic of Ireland: courses for the 1990s - Gospels, Epistles and Revelations?, Irish Educational Studies, 12, 1993, p73 - 91 Journal Article, 1993

Elizabeth Oldham, Mathematics education: a review of recent research, Studies in Education, 9, (2), 1993, p67 - 80 Journal Article, 1993

E. E. Oldham, Mathematics in the senior cycle - the new Leaving Certificate courses, Studies in Education, 8, 1992, p38 - 47 Journal Article, 1992

Elizabeth Oldham and Ann FitzGibbon, Information technology and teacher education: needs and responses, Journal of Higher Education Studies, 5, (1), 1992, p3 - 10 Journal Article, 1992

E. E. Oldham, Junior cycle mathematics curricula in the Republic of Ireland 1960-1990: Genesis, Exodus and Numbers, Irish Educational Studies, 11, 1992, p134 - 150 Journal Article, 1992

E. E. Oldham, Second level mathematics curricula: the Republic of Ireland in international perspective, Irish Educational Studies, 10, 1991, p122 - 138 Journal Article, 1991

Is there an international mathematics curriculum? in, editor(s)Brian Greer and Gerry Mulhern , New Directions in Mathematics Education, London and New York, Routledge, 1989, pp185 - 224, [Elizabeth Oldham] Book Chapter, 1989

Kenneth Travers and Ian Westbury with the assistance of Elizabeth E. Oldham, H. Howard Russell, Robert A. Garden, James J. Hirstein, A. I. Weinzweig, Richard G. Wolfe and Ian D. Livingstone, The IEA study of mathematics I: analysis of mathematics curricula, Oxford, Pergamon, 1989 Book, 1989

Elizabeth Oldham, The New Information Technologies and Education: Implications for Teacher Education - Country Report 1: Ireland, Brussels, Association for Teacher Education in Europe, June, 1981, i-iv, 1-15 Report, 1981

Elizabeth Oldham, Post-Primary Mathematics in Ireland: an analysis of patterns in curriculum change, Mathematics, Science and the Gifted Child: Conference Proceedings and Occasional Papers, Mathematics, Science and the Gifted Child, Trinity College Dublin, 1980, edited by Daniel J. Murphy and Valentine Rice , Department of Higher Education and Research on behalf of the School of Education, 1980, pp49 - 59 Conference Paper, 1980

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

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, 2015 URL

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 Journal Article, 2014

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 Conference Paper, 2013

Elizabeth Oldham, Mathematics education reform in Ireland: directions and dilemmas, Trends in Mathematics Education, University College Cork, 26 November 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012 URL

Logo as part of the B. Ed. course: Helping students to think and to learn mathematics? in, editor(s)Robbie O'Leary and John O'Mahony , ICTs in the primary school: Teaching and learning for the 21st Century, Dublin, Dublin West Education Centre, 2010, pp219 - 224, [Elizabeth Oldham] Book Chapter, 2010

Elizabeth Oldham, Lessons Learned: What International Assessments Tell Us About Math Achievement, Review of Lessons Learned: What International Assessments Tell Us About Math Achievement, by Tom Loveless , Teachers' College Record, April 07, 2009, 2009 Review, 2009 URL

Elizabeth Oldham & Ruth Forrest, Divide and conquer? Add and subtract? Approaches to strengthening the mathematical content knowledge of teacher education students for primary schools in Ireland, Teacher Education, Facing the Intercultural Dialogue: 33rd Conference of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe, Brussels, 23-27 August 2008, edited by N. Engels & A. Libotton , Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 2009, pp165 - 179 Conference Paper, 2009 URL

Sean Close, Elizabeth Oldham, Paul Surgenor, Gerry Shiel, Therese Dooley and Michael O'Leary, The Effects of Calculator Use on Mathematics in Schools and in Certificate Examinations: Final Report on Phase 2, Dublin, St. Patrick's College, 2008, iii-xxi, 1-160 Report, 2008

Gerry Shiel, Rachel Perkins, Sean Close and Elizabeth Oldham, PISA Mathematics: a Teacher's Guide, Dublin, Stationery Office, 2007, iii - 52pp Book, 2007 URL

Sean Close, Elizabeth Oldham, Paul Surgenor, Gerry Shiel, Therese Dooley and Michael O'Leary, Are calculators detrimental to students' mathematical development? The effects of introducing calculators into the Irish Junior Cycle Mathematics curriculum and Certificate examinations, Second National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (MEI 2), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 14-15 September 2007, edited by Sean Close, Dolores Corcoran and Therese Dooley , St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 2007, pp152 - 169 Conference Paper, 2007 URL

Elizabeth Oldham, Heading in the Right Directions? Logo as part of the pre-service mathematical education of primary teachers, Second National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (MEI 2), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 14-15 September 2007, edited by Sean Close, Dolores Corcoran and Therese Dooley , St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 2007, pp357 - 371 Conference Paper, 2007 URL

Rachel Perkins, Gerry Shiel, Sean Close and Elizabeth Oldham, PISA mathematics: what should teachers know?, Second National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (MEI 2), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 14-15 September 2007, edited by Sean Close, Dolores Corcoran and Therese Dooley , St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 2007, pp184 - 201 Conference Paper, 2007 URL

Elizabeth Oldham, A lot done, more to do? Changes in mathematics curriculum and assessment 1986-2006, Second International Science and Mathematics Conference, Drumcondra, Dublin, September 2006, edited by Dolores Corcoran and Sinead Breen , Dublin City University, 2007, pp161 - 174 Conference Paper, 2007

Aidan Seery and Elizabeth Oldham, Beginning teachers' views on shaping the future of Irish mathematics education: reflections on mathematics education and on their own professional development, 31st Annual ATEE Conference, Portoroz, Slovenia, October 2006, edited by Mateja Brejc , National School for Leadership in Education, Ljubljana, 2007, pp87 - 95 Conference Paper, 2007 URL

Paul Surgenor, Elizabeth Oldham, Sean Close, Gerry Shiel, Therese Dooley and Michael O'Leary, Pressing the Right Buttons: Calculator Use in Schools and in Junior Cycle Mathematics, Dublin, St. Patrick's College, 2007, iii - 47pp Book, 2007 URL

Richard Butler and Elizabeth Oldham, When Froebel meets Papert: student teachers' experience of constructivist and constructionist learning, Froebel: from Play to Work - Taking Froebel Forward, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, June-July 2006, edited by Patricia Kennan and Richard Butler , Froebel College of Education, 2006, pp32-39 (on CD-ROM) Conference Paper, 2006

Jude Cosgrove, Elizabeth Oldham and Sean Close, Assessment of mathematics in PISA 2003: achievements of Irish 15-year-old students in an international context, First National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (MEI 1), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 16-17 September 2005, edited by Sean Close, Therese Dooley and Dolores Corcoran , St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra, 2005, pp205 - 219 Conference Paper, 2005 URL

Elizabeth Oldham, Solving problems with student-teachers: reactions and reflections 1995-2005, First National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (MEI 1), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 16-17 September 2005, edited by Sean Close, Therese Dooley and Dolores Corcoran , St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra, 2005, pp263 - 277 Conference Paper, 2005 URL

Elizabeth Oldham and Joe English, Reflections on practice in in-service education for mathematics teachers in the Republic of Ireland, Teacher Education between Theory and Practice: The End of Theory ... the Future of Practice?, Agrigento, Italy, October 2004, edited by Cesare Scutari and Arno Libotton , CESES, 2005, pp1-26 (on CD-ROM) Conference Paper, 2005

Sean Close and Elizabeth Oldham, Junior cycle mathematics examinations and the PISA mathematics framework, First National Conference on Research in Mathematics Education (MEI 1), St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, 16-17 September 2005, edited by Sean Close, Therese Dooley and Dolores Corcoran , St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra, 2005, pp185 - 204 Conference Paper, 2005 URL

Seán Close, Elizabeth Oldham, Gerry Shiel, Therese Dooley, Deirdre Hackett and Michael O'Leary, The effects of calculator use on mathematics in schools and in the certificate examinations: Final report on phase I, Dublin, St. Patrick's College, 2004, xx + 126pp Report, 2004

Seán Close, Elizabeth Oldham, Deirdre Hackett, Therese Dooley, Gerry Shiel and Michael O'Leary, A study of the effects of calculator use in schools and in the certificate examinations - Summary report on phase I. Report to the Department of Education and Science, Dublin, St. Patrick's College, 2003, vii + 32pp Report, 2003

Elizabeth Oldham, Seán Close and John O'Donoghue, Models for pre-service teacher education in Ireland: case studies in mathematics education, Teacher education in the 21st Century, Limerick, 1998, edited by K. R. Byrne and M. Garofalo , 2000, pp429 - 455 Conference Paper, 2000

Sheelagh Drudy and Elizabeth Oldham(ed.), Educating the educators, Dublin, November 1999, Educational Studies Association of Ireland, 2000, viii + 152 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2000

A. FitzGibbon and E. Oldham, Integrating reflection and information technology education, Integration of technology and reflection in teaching: a challenge for European teacher education - ATEE conference 1992, Lahti, Finland, September 1992, edited by A.-L. Leino, P. Hellgren and K. Hämänläinen , 1993, pp208 - 219 Conference Paper, 1993

A model for introducing word processing, as a component of literacy in the new information technologies, for all student teachers in, editor(s)A. Libotton , Information and communication technology for teacher education: visions and realisations, Brussels, Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 1993, pp141 - 150, [E. Oldham and A. FitzGibbon] Book Chapter, 1993

Introductory word processing: student teachers' reactions in, editor(s)A. Libotton , Information and communication technology for teacher education: visions and realisations, Brussels, Association for Teacher Education in Europe, 1993, pp66 - 83, [A. FitzGibbon and E. Oldham] Book Chapter, 1993

E. E. Oldham, The changing curriculum - an international perspective, Fourth International Congress on Mathematical Education, Berkeley, California, August 10-16 1980, edited by Marilyn Zweng, Thomas Green, Jeremy Kilpatrick, Henry Pollak and Marilyn Suydam , Birkhauser, 1983, pp382 - 384 Conference Paper, 1983

Elizabeth Oldham, Case studies in algebra education: Ireland, Comparative studies in mathematics curricula: change and stability 1960-1980, Bielefeld, Germany, January 1980, edited by H.-G. Steiner , 1980, pp395 - 425 Conference Paper, 1980

Elizabeth Oldham, Case studies in geometry education: Ireland, Comparative studies in mathematics curricula: change and stability 1960-1980, Bielefeld, Germany, January 1980, edited by H.-G. Steiner , 1980, pp326 - 346 Conference Paper, 1980

Research Expertise

Description

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

Projects

  • Title
    • The Programming Studio
  • Summary
    • After decades in which there has been little focus on the teaching and learning of programming in schools, the topic has returned to prominence. In some countries, attempts are being made to balance the teaching of ICT skills, and/or using ICT in teaching and learning, by providing curricular opportunities for students to learn to program and to develop their computational thinking skills. This is the case in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. However, in both jurisdictions, there are concerns about the readiness of teachers to teach the relevant courses so that students reach an acceptable level of skill and understanding for national certification. "The Programming Studio," a collaborative project between Queen's University Belfast and Trinity College,addresses this issue. The chief aims of the project are to document the levels of programming expertise and readiness among teachers likely to be interested in teaching programming courses, and to allow a pilot group of teachers to experience programming as a "digital literacy" by mastering appropriate programming language(s) through games-based learning.
  • Funding Agency
    • SCoTENS (Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South)
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2015
  • Title
    • An exploration of Mathematical Identity using Narrative as a Tool (MINT)
  • Summary
    • The project involves investigating the Mathematical Identity of cohorts of student teachers and others who are, will be, or may be involved in mathematics teaching. The chief aim is to propose an efficient and effective protocol by which third level mathematics educators can explore the Mathematical Identities of their students, with a view to improving the teaching and learning of mathematics. The project is a partnership between mathematics educators at St. Patrick's College (Drumcondra), Stranmillis University College (Belfast), Trinity College Dublin, the University of Limerick, and the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Dun Laoghaire). A colleague from NUI Galway is acting as a consultant.
  • Funding Agency
    • SCoTENS (Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South)
  • Date From
    • May 2011
  • Date To
    • October 2014
  • Title
    • The effect of calculator use on mathematics in schools and in Certificate examinations
  • Summary
    • Investigation of the effect of introducing calculators into the Junior Cycle Mathematics syllabus and the Junior Certificate examination
  • Funding Agency
    • Department of Education and Science
  • Date From
    • 1999
  • Date To
    • 2008

Keywords

Comparative Education; Computer Education/Literacy; Educational/Instructional Technology; Elementary/Secondary Education; Mathematics Education; Precollegiate Education--Science/Mathematics; Teacher Education

Recognition

Representations

Reviewer for Irish Educational Studies Current

Reviewer for the European Journal of Teacher Education Current

Memberships

Educational Studies Association of Ireland 1977 – Present

Association for Teacher Education in Europe 1981 – Present

Irish Mathematics Teachers' Association 1970 – Present

Computer Education Society of Ireland 1973 – Present

Irish Mathematical Society 2014 – Present