Dr Rosa Archer

Lecturer in Secondary Mathematics

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I graduated in mathematics and physics form the university of Rome and completed a PhD in pure mathematics in Algebraic Topology at the University of Warwick in 1995. Before taking a post as a PGCE lecturer at St Mary’s University in Twickenham I was a head of department in a sixth form college in Reading. I moved form London to Manchester in 2011 where I took the post of Team Leader for the Secondary Mathematics PGCE. During the past years alongside this role I developed a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course for mathematics teachers and an undergraduate module in mathematics education. I also took responsibility for tutoring participants for the Teach First programme.

In 2012 I was awarded an early research grant by The University of Manchester to research the development of Lesson Study as part of the PGCE course.

I am passionate about mathematics and about teaching. All of my research is aimed at making the learning experience a good one for young people as well as teachers. 

My research into mathematics education is on lesson study and on subject knowledge for teachers. I am working on using lesson study to provide Professional Development for experienced teachers alongside student teachers. I am also working at an international project which runs alongside in the UK and in South Africa. This is a study of teachers who come to the profession through the Mathematics Enhancement Courses route. I am also interested in school-HE collaboration in teacher development, in particular using lesson study as a vehicle. 

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