Professor John J Monaghan University Of Edinburgh
John J Monaghan University Of Edinburgh
Professor of Mathematics Education
I worked as a school teacher for ten years before coming to the University of Leeds in 1989.
Research Interests
My main work interest is mathematics education. My special interest is learning and teaching mathematics at the 1121 year old level.
Going down the specialism tree, my interests focus on algebra and calculus, linking school mathematics to outofschool activities and the use of new technology (ICT as it is now known in the UK).
With regard to ICT, I am really interested in ICT tools especially spreadsheets, graphic packages and calculators, interactive geometry and computer algebra systems.
I am not really interested in ‘teaching machines’ as I place a great deal of importance on teachers in ICT environments. I am also very interested in tool use in mathematics (any tools, and tools in general).
My work at Leeds involves …
 PGCE Secondary Mathematics
 Undergraduate mathematics education courses
 Masters degrees in mathematics education
 Doctoral supervision
 Research Projects
I enjoy all of these aspects of my work and do not rate one above another; they are simply different and this variation helps me enjoy my work.
Professional Associations
 British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
 Computer Algebra in Mathematics Education
 European Society for Research in Education
 International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education
 Association of Teachers of Mathematics
Journal involvement
 Educational Studies in Mathematics
 International Journal for Technology in Mathematics Education
 Research in Mathematics Education
 Teaching Mathematics and its Applications
 Technology, Knowledge and Learning
Key Publications
Journal articles

‘Abstraction through game play’, Technology, Knowledge and Learning, 17.12 (2012), 121
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DOI: 10.1007/s1075801291892 
‘Concept image revisted’, Educational Studies in Mathematics, ed. by Dreyfus T, 68.1 (2008), 1935
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DOI: 10.1007/s1064900791122