Sue Forsythe

Senior Lecturer

I obtained a degree in Mathematics with Education and a PGCE from the University of Southampton, an MSc in Computer Enhanced Mathematics Education from Napier University, Edinburgh and a PhD at the University of Leicester. I wrote my doctoral thesis on geometrical reasoning in a dynamic geometry environment.

I've taught maths in secondary schools in Hampshire, Leicester City and Leicestershire. In 2008 I moved into Initial Teacher Education and  Continuing Teacher Education at the University of Leicester, becoming programme leader for their MA in Education: Learning and Teaching. I moved to the Open University in September 2017 and work in the Mathematics Education Team. I'm a member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics.

I'm  interested in how children conceptualise geometrical relations in two dimensional shapes. My doctoral research project investigated how key stage 3 children reason while working with dynamic geometry software and how this sheds light onto the way they perceive symmetry in shapes. This has led to an interest in how dynamic images and animations could facilitate learning of mathematical concepts.

My most recent research has involved an evaluation of the new textbooks being used in primary schools to promote children's mastery in mathematics, and an exploration of the factors which encourage students to study mathematics at age 16-18.

I have undertaken research on peer support and collaborative learning amongst pre-service teachers (in a face to face environment) and plan to expand this to explore effective socio-cultural learning in an online environment.

As part of the Mathematics Education team I am involved with the suite of Mathematics Education modules.

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