Mr David Benson

Position: Mathematics Education Coordinator and Senior Lecturer

College: College of Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Mathematics

Research Centre: Centre for Educational Research

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I coordinate Mathematics Education provision across all Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes as well as the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) opportunities within the sphere of Mathematics Education for serving teachers and other education professionals. My work embraces primary and secondary education provision.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach across a variety of PGCE, other postgraduate and BEd modules. These mainly focus on mathematics within Initial Teacher Education but my work also embraces CPD for serving teachers in local and regional schools. I coordinate the Mathematics Subject Pathway on the BEd programme as well as the Subject Specialist Enhancement for Mathematics on our PGCE programmes. Additionally, I contribute to the Learning and Teaching modules (Level 7) on the Core PGCE programme.

Research interests

Patterns Leading to Generalisation in Mathematics (2004-5)

Visualisation in the Learning of Early Algebra [MA research] (2005-6)

The Viva Voce as an Assessment Tool (2006-7)

Pupil Talk and Transfer of Challenging Pedagogies from University to the Classroom (2008-9)

Problem-Solving in Mathematics (2010-11)

Effective Use of Learning spaces (2011-12)

Peer support in revision for GCSE mathematics (2012)

Arithmetic Fluency in Mathematics (current)

Mastery Approaches to Learning and Teaching in Mathematics (current)

Membership of professional bodies

Association of Teachers of Mathematics


  • BA (Hons) Mathematics and German (1984)
  • PGCE Mathematics and Modern Foreign Languages (1985)
  • Master of Education Practice (2006)
  • FHEA (2014)

Recent publications

  • Benson D. (2011) Problem-Solving: Scaling the ‘Brick Wall’ in Maths Teaching. November 2011. Association of Teachers and Learners of Mathematics
  • Benson D. (2014) Division: what do we mean by ‘efficient methods’? in Maths Teaching. March 2014. Association of Teachers and Learners of Mathematics

International experience

External adviser in mathematics education for Charles University, Prague (2008-current)

Development of international learning community with Charles University, Prague (2003-current)

Development of ERASMUS programme with Charles University, Prague: student and colleague exchanges (2008-current)

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