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Dr Laura Black - research

Research interests

Main area of interest is the construction of learner identities and how this is mediated by pedagogic activities and institutional practices and ideologies. Recent projects include: the ESRC TLRP funded project Keeping Open the Door to Mathematically Demanding Further and Higher Education Programmes which worked with students on two contrasting AS-level courses (AS Mathematics and AS Use of Mathematics) exploring the impact on their dispositions to study mathematics and whether they elect to study mathematically demanding courses at university. Also, the ESRC funded project Mathematics learning, identity and educational practice: the transition into Higher Education which investigated how students experience mathematics education across the transition from A-level to mathematically demanding degree programmes at university (17-19 years).

I was also part of the planning group for the ESRC seminar series Mathematical Relationships: Identities and Participation which led to the publication of an edited collection under the same title.

I have also published papers on classroom communication and its role in the construction of learner identities with a specific focus on children from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.