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Ms Kathy O'Sullivan
- Pre-service teachers mathematical knowledge
- Mathematical thinking and problem solving
- Embedding numeracy across the curriculum in primary and post-primary schools
- Numeracy development in Adult Education
- Curriculum reform in the area of mathematics education
- Use of real life applications of mathematics
- Teachers as designers of curriculum
- Continuous Professional Development for teachers
2018 - 2021: Erasmus Plus project to develop a Common European Numeracy Framework which identifies key factors in improving the quality of numerate behaviour of individuals and was awarded a total of ¿334,620 in funding. (https://cenf.eu/)
2019 - 2020:
Developing Good Practice Guidelines for Adult Tutors of Numeracy which was funded by National Adult Literacy Agency (¿25,000) The report is available from: (https://www.nala.ie/publications/good-practice-in-integrated-and-standalone-numeracy-provision-at-levels-1-3/)
NAC-NET: Establishing an Irish network to support teachers embedding numeracy across the curriculum which was funded by the Teaching Council of Ireland (¿5,000)
2020 - 2024:
Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (PDMT) which is funded by the Department of Education and Skills from 2021 ¿ 2024 (¿1,500,000). Kathy is part of a national consortium of expert mathematics educators who designed and developed the PDMT to support teachers in upskilling in mathematics for teaching at second level.
2021 - 2022:
Numeracy-Meet: Professional development and networking for adult numeracy practitioners funded by the Irish Research Council (¿11,998). The overall aim of the Numeracy-Meets was to help practitioners around Ireland develop their skills in the teaching of numeracy to adult learners and to support practitioners in fostering a positive and engaging environment for teaching numeracy. The recordings and resources from each of the six Numeracy-Meets are available at: https://epistem.ie/numeracy-meets/
Adult Learners Conceptualisations of Numeracy funded by National Adult Literacy Agency (¿17,880)
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2021)|| 'How Covid-19 has reinforced the importance of a numerate society'
O'Sullivan, K., O'Meara, N., Goos, M., & Conway, P. (2021) 'How Covid-19 has reinforced the importance of a numerate society'. Irish Educational Studies, [Details]
|(2023)|| 'Mathematical Literacy Across the Curriculum: Every Teacher's Responsibility'
O' Sullivan, K., & Goos, M. (2023) 'Mathematical Literacy Across the Curriculum: Every Teacher's Responsibility' In: International perspectives on teaching and learning for mathematical literacy. The Netherlands: Brill. [Details]
|(2022)|| 'The evolution and uptake of numeracy and mathematical literacy as drivers for curriculum reform'
Goos, M., & O' Sullivan, K. (2022) 'The evolution and uptake of numeracy and mathematical literacy as drivers for curriculum reform' In: School mathematics curriculum reforms: Challenges, changes and opportunities. International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI): Springer. [Details]
|(2021)|| Development of Good Practice Guidelines for Integrated and Standalone Numeracy Provision for Adults at Levels 1-3 Final Report.
Goos, M., Prendergast, M., O' Meara, N., & O' Sullivan, K. (2021) Development of Good Practice Guidelines for Integrated and Standalone Numeracy Provision for Adults at Levels 1-3 Final Report. SOLAS, Dublin, Ireland. [Details]
|(2022)|| Adults Learning Mathematics: Numeracy and Social Impact
Prendergast, M., Forster, A., O'Meara, N., O' Sullivan, K., & Faulkner, F. (2022) Evaluating a series of Numeracy-Meets for Adult Practitioners in Ireland Adults Learning Mathematics: Numeracy and Social Impact [Details]
|(2022)|| MERGA 44; Mathematical Confluences and Journeys
O' Sullivan, K., & Goos, M. (2022) Numeracy Across the Curriculum in Initial Teacher Education MERGA 44; Mathematical Confluences and Journeys [Details]
|(2022)|| Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC)
O' Sullivan, K., O' Meara, N., Goos, M., & Conway, P. (2022) Pre-service teachers numeracy capabilities Science and Mathematics Education Conference (SMEC) [Details]
|(2022)|| Twelfth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME)
Prendergast, M., O'Meara, O'Sullivan, K., & Faulkner, F. (2022) Numeracy-Meets: professional development and networking for adult numeracy practitioners Twelfth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME) [Details]
|(2021)|| ICME 14 (14th International Congress on Mathematical Education)
O' Sullivan, K. (2021) It is time pre-service teachers develop their numerate abilities to support their students numeracy learning ICME 14 (14th International Congress on Mathematical Education) [Details]
|(2019)|| 43rd conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 4, p. 170). Pretoria, South Africa: PME
O'Sullivan, K., O'Meara, N., Goos, M., & Conway, P. (2019) Teaching numeracy across the curriculum; What knowledge do preservice teachers need? 43rd conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (Vol. 4, p. 170). Pretoria, South Africa: PME [Details]
|(2019)|| Seventh Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland
O' Sullivan, K., O' Meara, N., Goos, M., & Conway, P. (2019) The N Framework - A potential Solution to Numeracy across the Curriculum Seventh Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland [Details]
|(2018)|| ICMI-24 Study Conference on School mathematics curriculum reforms: Challenges, changes and opportunities. Tsukuba, Japan, 26-30 November
Goos, M., & O' Sullivan, K. (2018) A comparative analysis of numeracy as a driver for curriculum reform in Australia and Ireland ICMI-24 Study Conference on School mathematics curriculum reforms: Challenges, changes and opportunities. Tsukuba, Japan, 26-30 November [Details]
|(2018)|| Science and Mathematics Education Conference
O' Sullivan, K., O' Meara, N., Goos, M., & Conway, P. (2018) How numerate are pre-service teachers? Science and Mathematics Education Conference [Details]
|(2020)|| Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom,
O' Sullivan, K. (2020) Literacy and Numeracy in practice. [Keynote Address], Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom, Galway, Ireland , 19-FEB-20. [Details]
Honours and Awards
|2019||John Coolahan Research Support Framework Award||Teaching Council of Ireland|
|Association||Function||From / To|
|International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME)||Organising Committee member for Topic Group Mathematical Literacy and Numeracy Education||01-JUN-19 /|
|Adults Learning Mathematics||Member||01-JUN-22 /|
|International Group for Psychology of Mathematics Education||PME is an international group of mathematics educators and researchers who gather once a year to share our work and interests at an Annual Conference. The aim of the organisation is to promote international contacts and exchange of information in the field of mathematics education||01-MAY-19 /|
|Young European society for Research in Mathematics Education (YERME)||YERME aims to support young researchers in the field of mathematics education share their work and opens opportunities for collaboration with other countries||01-FEB-19 /|
|Educational Studies Association of Ireland||This association is dedicated to the advancement of educational research in Ireland||01-MAR-16 /|
|Committee||Function||From / To|
|Steering Group Committe for Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching||Steering Committee member||/ 31-OCT-19|
|International Congress on Mathematical Education||Organising Committee for ICME - 14||/|
|Employer||Position||From / To|
|NUI Galway||Lecturer in Mathematics Education||04-NOV-19 /|
|University of Limerick||National Programme Coordinator for the Professional Diploma in Mathematics for Teaching (PDMT)||13-OCT-14 / 31-OCT-19|
|Terence McSwiney Community College, Cork||Mathematics Teacher||01-JAN-09 / 03-OCT-14|
|2022||University of Limerick||PhD in Mathematics Education||Numeracy across the Curriculum|
|2012||University of Limerick||Postgraduate Diploma||Mathematics Teaching|
|2009||University College Cork||Bachelor of Arts||Mathematics & Gaeilge|
|Irish Educational Studies||Reviewer|
Recent Postgraduate Students
|2021||Clíodhna Flavin||Master of Education||Y|
|Term/Year||Module Title||Module Code||Subject / Desc|
|2019 - to date||Principles of Second - Level Mathematics||ED109||This module engages students in re-examining the major mathematical concepts from Junior and Leaving Certificate mathematics with the aim of initiating the transition of students' mathematical knowledge from knowledge required of a student, to knowledge required for effective teaching. Particular emphasis is placed on deepening conceptual understanding and making connections across topics.|
|2021 - to date||Professional Studies||ED304|
|2020 - to date||Research Dissertation||ED412|
|2021 - to date||Mathematics and Applied Mathematics Methodologies||ED2001|
|2021 - to date||Practical Teaching Programme||ED303|
|2019 - 2021||Practical Teaching Programme 1||ED199||This module introduces students to the classroom environment, schools as organisations and teaching as a profession. Student teachers undertake a series of visits to local schools to conduct structured observations, carry out teaching and learning activities, and interact with school professionals in order to develop an understanding and appreciation of the complexities of mathematics teaching and learning, and the requirements of the teaching profession.|
|2019 - 2020||Professional Practice||ED6201|
|2019 - 2020||Research Literacies for Professional Development & Lifelong Learning||ED329||This module is about becoming literate in research as it relates to teaching. This will enable students to become researchers in their own classrooms.|
|2019 - 2021||Mathematics Methodology & Skills of Teaching||ED295|
|Name||Organisation / Institute||Country||Description of Collaboration|
|Fiona Faulkner||Technological University Dublin||IRELAND||
|Merrilyn Goos||University of the Sunshine Coast||AUSTRALIA||
|Mark Prendergast||University College Cork||IRELAND||
|Niamh O' Meara||University of Limerick||IRELAND||