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Elizabeth Carruthers - Doctoral Research

Elizabeth Carruthers is engaged in research for her PhD (Bristol University, Bristol) and is the first person to have been awarded the 'Martin Hughes scholarship' for mathematics education. The focus of her doctoral research in the pedagogy of children's mathematical graphics in calculation.


Publications Relating to Doctoral Research  

Carruthers, E. (2017) Editorial: early years mathematics. Early Education Journal; (special issue, Early Years Mathematics). 83: Autumn 2017, 3.

Carruthers, E. (2017) Children’s mathematics. Early Education Journal; (special issue, Early Years Mathematics). 83: Autumn 2017, 4-6.

Carruthers, E. (2017) ‘Open mathematics: open minds: children’s thinking and mathematics’. Community Playthings. Available on (Accessed 7th September 2017).

BERA-TACTYC Early Childhood Research Review 2003 - 2017

BERA-TACTYC: Play and Pedagogy and Learning, development and the curriculum

Carruthers, E. (2015). Listening to children's mathematics in school. In B. Perry., A. Gervasoni and A. MacDonald. Eds. Mathematics and Transition to School - International Perspectives. Sydney, Australia: Springer.

Carruthers, E. and Butcher, E. 2013. Young children co-construct their mathematical enquiries. In P. Beckley. Ed. The new Early Years Foundation Stage: changes, challenges and reflections. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Carruthers, E. 2012. Are the children thinking mathematically? The pedagogy of children’s mathematical graphics. In M. McAteer. Ed. Improving Primary Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Maidenhead: Open University Press.


Key speeches and conference presentations relating to this research:

Key Speaker Elizabeth Carruthers: Early Education National Conference, University of Sunderland.



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