‘the nature of evidence and argument in mathematics education is quite unlike the nature of evidence and argument in mathematics’ (Schoenfeld, 2000)
The approaches and methodologies of undergraduate mathematics education differs from those of mathematics discipline research in many ways. This can present challenges for mathematicians wanting to pursue research and publish in this area. The literature on mathematics education at university level in Australia is small, but growing, and articles are published across a number of journal titles and conference proceedings.
If you are unsure where to begin research in teaching there are guides and resources to help. Here are a few to use as a starting point.
The list below is a suggested starting point. If you know of other sources that aren’t listed, please let us know.
These electronic databases may be available through your institutions’ library:
- MathEduc (formerly MATHDI) is the only international reference database offering a world-wide overview of literature on research, theory and practice in mathematics education. MathEduc also covers education in computer science on the elementary level. The scope includes literature for all school levels up to university education, teacher education, general and vocational education. About 500 journals from all over the world are evaluated as well as books and teaching material.
- A+ Education (Informit) covers curriculum, educational research, information science, librarianship, management, policy administration, psychology, sociology, teaching and training and is produced by the Cunningham Library at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). It covers the period 2000 to present for Full text articles and 1978 to present for Index.
- ERIC Educational Research Abstracts (ERA) is a comprehensive database, comprising fully indexed abstracts which cover the current international research in education. Coverage commences with 1995 and is updated monthly.
Websites, Blogs and Publications
The National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education aims to draw on the examples of great practice in Ireland and internationally in order to help shape the delivery of an outstanding teaching and learning experience at third level (higher education institutions) in Ireland. The have a searchable database of conference papers and articles.
This guide edited by Michael Grove and Tina Overton has been developed for those looking to begin pedagogic research within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Its purpose is to provide an accessible introduction to pedagogic research along with a practical guide containing hints and tips on how to get started. The guide was produced following a series of national workshops and conferences that were started in 2011 by the National HE STEM Programme (UK) and continued in 2012 with the support of the Higher Education Academy.
The National Center for Academic Transformation (NCAT) (USA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides leadership in using information technology to redesign learning environments to produce better learning outcomes for students at a reduced cost to the institution. This site has a range of resources and articles on redesigning higher education courses, including mathematics courses.
International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) Resources – A range of links to sites on scholarship of teaching and learning.
American Mathematical Society Blog – On Teaching and Learning Mathematics – The goal for this blog is to stimulate reflection and dialogue by providing mathematicians with high-quality commentary and resources regarding teaching and learning.
London Mathematical Society Blog – The De Morgan Forum – This blog is maintained by the society and provides comment on mathematics education policy, issues and resources from the UK perspective.
Launchings by Professor David Bressoud. Bressoud is DeWitt Wallace Professor of Mathematics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and former president of the Mathematical Association of America. Launchings is a monthly column sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology (IJMEST) is a well regarded journal that publishes on mathematics education at primary, secondary and tertiary level. Many Australian mathematicians and education researchers active in university learning and teaching have published in this journal. The journal publishes a special edition for each Delta conference.
International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education – The objective of this journal is to publish original, fully peer-reviewed articles on a variety of topics and research methods in both science and mathematics education. The journal welcomes articles that address common issues in mathematics and science education and cross-curricular dimensions more widely.
Mathematics Education Research Journal (MERJ) is the official journal of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA). It provides a forum for publication of research in the teaching and learning of mathematics across all levels from the Australasian region.The Journal publishes articles focusing on theoretical, pedagogical, methodological, and philosophical topics related to mathematics education across all levels of education and vocations – both formal and informal.
Research in Mathematics Education – Official journal of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics. Papers should address the central issues in terms which are of relevance across educational systems and informed by wider thinking in the field. The journal has three sections, covering research papers, book reviews, and current reports.
Education Studies in Mathematics presents new ideas and developments of major importance to practitioners working in the field of mathematical education. It reflects both the variety of research concerns within the field and the range of methods used to study them. Articles deal with didactical, methodological and pedagogical subjects, rather than with specific programs for teaching mathematics.
Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research (MSOR) Connections promotes, encourages, enhances and disseminates research, good practice and innovation in all aspects of the student learning experience within Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research wherever these may be taught in higher education.
Journal for Research in Mathematics Education (JRME) is the official journal of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (USA) concerned with all levels of mathematics education. The journal publishes a wide range of practical and theoretical articles.
Australian Senior Mathematics Journal (Published by AAMT) – Serves all interested in the learning & teaching of mathematics to the secondary school years 11 & 12 & to the first few years of tertiary education at university, college & vocational institutions.
Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) Gazette publishes a range of articles, technical reports, classroom practices, letters, reviews and editorials related to teaching of mathematics.
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) is the journal of ascilite, the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. It aims to promote research and scholarship on the integration of technology in tertiary education, promote effective practice, and inform policy.
Mathematics Education Research Journal (MERJ) provides a forum for publication of research in the teaching and learning of mathematics across all levels. It is an international journal that specifically targets and/or draws on significant ideas and developments in mathematics education from the Australasian region.
International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education (IJISME) is an Australian based journal produced by the Institute of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education based at the University of Sydney, which also organises the Australian Conference of Science and Mathematics Education (ACSME). encouraging and supporting early career researchers as well as academics in science and mathematics who are new to education research
International Journal of Research in Undergraduate Mathematics Education (IJRUME) is a new journal that published its first issue in April 2015. It is dedicated to the interests of post-secondary mathematics education research and publishes original research, including empirical, theoretical, and methodological reports of learning and teaching of undergraduate and graduate students, rather than curricular descriptions or anecdotal reflections on practice.
Journal of Statistics Education is published by the American Statistical Association. It publishes articles that enhance the exchange of a diversity of interesting and useful information among educators, practitioners, and researchers around the world. The intended audience includes anyone who teaches statistics, as well as those interested in research on statistical and probabilistic reasoning.
Statistics Education Research Journal is a peer-reviewed electronic journal of the International Association for Statistical Education (IASE) and the International Statistical Institute (ISI). SERJ is published twice a year and is free.
International Conference on the Teaching of Statistics (ICOTS) Conference Proceedings – This conference includes papers on post secondary teaching of statistics.