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Karen  Skilling

Dr Karen Skilling

Visiting Lecturer in Mathematics Education

Research interests

  • Mathematics

Biography

Prior to joining King’s in September 2014, Dr Skilling taught and supervised at bachelor and masters levels in mathematics education at the University of Sydney and the University of Oxford.  

Research

  • Student engagement and motivation in mathematics from both student and teacher perspectives
  • Teacher beliefs and practices for promoting student engagement through their approaches to instruction and supportive learning environments
  • Teacher attention to student cognitive engagement including promoting student autonomy, self-regulation and metacognitive strategies
  • STEM education in secondary and primary school including projects at various integration levels
  • Using purposeful vignettes as a research method 

Current research projects include:

  • investigating secondary student beliefs about STEM and links to academic study while building electro-mechanical robots
  • disentangling student engagement from achievement in mathematics
  • developing tools for data collection based on representations of practice such as fictitious teacher scenarios and vignettes.

Further information

For further details please see Dr Skilling's  Research Profile.

 

News

Rise of the Robot Makers

A new research project at King's investigates the relationship between robot building and engagement with engineering, technology, science and mathematics....

Girls building a robot

News

Rise of the Robot Makers

A new research project at King's investigates the relationship between robot building and engagement with engineering, technology, science and mathematics....

Girls building a robot