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Qualifications

BA BSc(Hons) MA PGCertEd(Distncn) DipPsych
PhD in progress

About

Charles is responsible for the organisation, teaching and development of the Mathematics module(s) in the Foundation Year of the FBS degree programmes.

Experience

Charles has a vast experience in a range of teaching environments; he originally taught in secondary maths delivery (where he also wrote new course materials for consortia dissemination and secured Industrial Society backing). His teaching interests and commitment to “open access” for mature and non-traditional students led him to the FE sector where he spent many years in working to promote modular flexibility within established A-Level and BTEC frameworks etc and to the development and delivery of Access courses. He spent two years as a Research & Teaching Associate in the Dept of Medical Education at Cardiff where he worked with professionals in writing medical and paramedical course materials, often having an international application (as in Medecins sans Frontieres etc). He joined the University at Newport at the beginning of the century (…the 21st!) and has taught at various levels in a range of programmes across different faculties, embracing numerous institutional changes and eventually focusing the majority of his current teaching commitments within the FBS Foundation provision in USW.

Publications

Report: Gwent Social Services “The Community Work Unit at Bettws, Newport”
Report (course): School of Education, University College Cardiff “The Teaching of Vector Concepts”
Report: Industrial Society “Teaching of Steelmaking within Secondary School Science courses”
Report: Open University “An Evaluation of Access Course Provision in an FE College”
Report: South East Wales Access Consortium “Barriers to Access & Institutional Provision”

Memberships

Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Association of Mathematics Education Teachers
The Mathematical Association
British Educational Studies Association
British Educational Research Association
International Study Association on Teachers & Teaching
Society for Research into Higher Education
Standing Conference on University Teaching & Research in the Education of Adults

Research

Charles’ research interests focus largely upon the provision and evaluation of accessible mathematics programmes to non-specialist learners within an HE environment (especially course progressions predicated on prescribed mathematical achievements in entry criteria); reduction of “maths phobia” and the emotive/holistic dimensions of mathematical perceptions in students; validity and reliability of assessment frameworks and adaptive teaching/learning methodologies. To these ends, Charles has cultivated links with other academics both nationally (Open University, Warwick, Leicester, LSE) and internationally (Fielding Research Institute, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching) and holds membership of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics and the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education

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