Research Profile

Mark Prendergast

Biography

Dr. Mark Prendergast is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, University College Cork. He is a graduate of Physical Education and Mathematics (BSc.(Hons.), 2007), and Mathematics Education (PhD, 2011) from the University of Limerick. He has held previous positions in the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning (University of Limerick), in the Dublin Institute of Technology, and in Trinity College Dublin. His key research interests include mathematics education, teacher education, and working with non-traditional students.

Research Interests

My research interests all stem from my passion to improve teaching and learning. This is the unifying focus for my research programme which is centred upon three main themes:
  1. Mathematics Education 
  2. Teacher Education
  3. Non – Traditional Students

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Teaching Problem Solving in Technology Rich EnvironmentsERASMUS01-SEP-1730-AUG-19€156,361.00
Mind the Gap - Addressing the Transition from Primary to Secondary Mathematics EducationIrish Research Council01-MAR-1630-NOV-16€10,000.00
Is there ‘Time in Irish Mathematics Education’ (TIME)?Irish Research Council02-FEB-1527-NOV-15€6,000.00
Maximising the opportunities presented by digital technologies in numeracy teachingERASMUS01-SEP-1531-AUG-17€105,450.00

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2019)'Teaching mathematics after hours'
O’Meara N.;Prendergast M. (2019) 'Teaching mathematics after hours'. Journal Of Curriculum Studies, 51 (4):494-512 [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Investigating the concerns of secondary school teachers towards curriculum reform'
Byrne, C;Prendergast, M (2019) 'Investigating the concerns of secondary school teachers towards curriculum reform'. Journal Of Curriculum Studies, [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Teachers’ self-perceptions of mathematical knowledge for teaching at the transition between primary and post-primary school'
O’Meara, N; Prendergast, M; Cantley, I; Harbison, L; O’Hara, C (2019) 'Teachers’ self-perceptions of mathematical knowledge for teaching at the transition between primary and post-primary school'. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, [DOI] [Details]
(2019)'Pre-service and in-service teachers’ perceptions on the integration of children’s literature in mathematics teaching and learning in Ireland'
Prendergast M.;Harbison L.;Miller S.;Trakulphadetkrai N. (2019) 'Pre-service and in-service teachers’ perceptions on the integration of children’s literature in mathematics teaching and learning in Ireland'. Irish Educational Studies, 38 (2):157-175 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Time allocated to mathematics in post-primary schools in Ireland: are we in double trouble?'
O'Meara, N;Prendergast, M (2018) 'Time allocated to mathematics in post-primary schools in Ireland: are we in double trouble?'. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, 49 :501-516 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Investigating secondary students beliefs about mathematical problem-solving'
Prendergast, M;Breen, C;Bray, A;Faulkner, F;Carroll, B;Quinn, D;Carr, M (2018) 'Investigating secondary students beliefs about mathematical problem-solving'. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, 49 :1203-1218 [DOI] [Details]
(2018)'Curriculum reform in Irish secondary schools - a focus on algebra'
Prendergast, M;Treacy, P (2018) 'Curriculum reform in Irish secondary schools - a focus on algebra'. Journal Of Curriculum Studies, 50 :126-143 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Collaborative cognitive-activation strategies as an emancipatory force in promoting girls' interest in and enjoyment of mathematics: A cross-national case study'
Cantley, I;Prendergast, M;Schlindwein, F (2017) 'Collaborative cognitive-activation strategies as an emancipatory force in promoting girls' interest in and enjoyment of mathematics: A cross-national case study'. International Journal of Educational Research, 81 :38-51 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'A profile of mathematics instruction time in Irish second level schools'
Prendergast, M;O'Meara, N (2017) 'A profile of mathematics instruction time in Irish second level schools'. Irish Educational Studies, 36 :133-150 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Mind the gap: an initial analysis of the transition of a second level curriculum reform to higher education'
Prendergast, M;Faulkner, F;Breen, C;Carr, M (2017) 'Mind the gap: an initial analysis of the transition of a second level curriculum reform to higher education'. Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 36 :217-231 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'How well do engineering students retain core mathematical knowledge after a series of high threshold online mathematics tests?'
Carr, M;Prendergast, M;Breen, C;Faulkner, F (2017) 'How well do engineering students retain core mathematical knowledge after a series of high threshold online mathematics tests?'. Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 36 :136-150 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Assigning mathematics instruction time in secondary schools: what are the influential factors?'
Prendergast, M;O'Meara, N (2016) 'Assigning mathematics instruction time in secondary schools: what are the influential factors?'. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, 47 :1137-1155 [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Analysing the correlation between secondary mathematics curriculum change and trends in beginning undergraduates' performance of basic mathematical skills in Ireland'
Treacy, P;Faulkner, F;Prendergast, M (2016) 'Analysing the correlation between secondary mathematics curriculum change and trends in beginning undergraduates' performance of basic mathematical skills in Ireland'. Irish Educational Studies, 35 :381-401 [DOI] [Details]
(2015)'Investigating the engagement of mature students with mathematics learning support'
Breen, C;Prendergast, M;Carr, M (2015) 'Investigating the engagement of mature students with mathematics learning support'. Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications, 34 :16-25 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Mathematical thinking: Challenging prospective teachers to do more than 'talk the talk''
Prendergast M.;Johnson P.;Fitzmaurice O.;Liston M.;O'Keeffe L.;O'Meara N. (2014) 'Mathematical thinking: Challenging prospective teachers to do more than 'talk the talk''. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, 45 (5):635-647 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)''Students enjoyed and talked about the classes in the corridors': Pedagogical framework promoting interest in algebra'
Prendergast M.;O'Donoghue J. (2014) ''Students enjoyed and talked about the classes in the corridors': Pedagogical framework promoting interest in algebra'. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, 45 (6):795-812 [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Influence of gender, single-sex and co-educational schooling on students’ enjoyment and achievement in mathematics'
Prendergast M.;O’Donoghue J. (2014) 'Influence of gender, single-sex and co-educational schooling on students’ enjoyment and achievement in mathematics'. International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology, 45 (8):1115-1130 [DOI] [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2018John Coolahan Research Support Framework Teaching Council
2017Accelerated Advancement Trinity College Dublin
2007Advanced Scholars Programme Scholarship University of Limerick

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Irish Mathematics Teachers Association Member/
Educational Studies Association of Ireland Member/
European Society for Research in Mathematics Education Member/

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI),
Prendergast, M; Breen, C; Bray, A; Faulkner, F; Carroll, B; Quinn, D; Carr, M (2018) Commonly held beliefs about mathematical problem solving. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI), Dublin . [Details]
(2018)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI),
Byrne, C; Prendergast, M; Murphy, C (2018) The Ambiguity Effect and Curriculum Decision Making. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI), Dublin . [Details]
(2018)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI),
Delaney, S; Burke, D; Gurly, AM; Prendergast, M (2018) Teachers’ Needs and Challenges with Differentiation and Cognitive Demand in Mathematics. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI), Dublin . [Details]
(2018)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI),
Ní Dhuinn, M; Prendergast, M; Loxley, A (2018) We’re not in the money- Part Two, The Bigger Picture” - Continuing to count the costs of being a PME student. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI), Dublin . [Details]
(2018)Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE),
Liston, J; Ní Dhuinn, M; Prendergast, M (2018) Fostering Critical Reflection in Student Teachers. [Oral Presentation], Teacher Education Policy in Europe (TEPE), Braga, Portugal . [Details]
(2018)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI),
Liston, J; Ní Dhuinn, M; Prendergast, M (2018) Reflective practice; an opportunity to reinforce or re-evaluate beliefs and values. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI), Dublin . [Details]
(2017)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI),
Ní Dhuinn, M; Prendergast, M; Loxley, A (2017) “We’re not in the money” - Counting the costs of being a PME student. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI), Cork . [Details]
(2017)Association for Teacher Education in Europe Annual Conference (ATEE),
Johnson, P.;Ní Shúilleabháin, A; Prendergast, M; Ní Ríordáin, M (2017) Pre-service mathematics teachers’ concerns relating to curricular reform - implications for initial teacher education programmes. [Oral Presentation], Association for Teacher Education in Europe Annual Conference (ATEE), Dubrovnik . [Details]
(2017)European Educational Research Association Annual Conference (ECER),
Byrne, C; Prendergast, M; Murphy, C (2017) Investigating Irish secondary teachers' concerns towards recent curriculum change. [Oral Presentation], European Educational Research Association Annual Conference (ECER), Coppenhagen . [Details]
(2017)British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Autumn Conference (BSRLM),
Cantley, I; O’Meara, N; Prendergast, M; Harbison, L; O’Hara, C (2017) A cross-national comparative study of teachers’ views on the transition from primary to post-primary mathematics education. [Oral Presentation], British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics Autumn Conference (BSRLM), Liverpool . [Details]
(2017)Association for Teacher Education in Europe Annual Conference (ATEE),
Ní Dhuinn, M; Prendergast, M; Loxley, A (2017) “Making ends meet”, the real costs of becoming a teacher in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Association for Teacher Education in Europe Annual Conference (ATEE), Dubrovnik . [Details]
(2017)Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education,
O'Siorain, CA; Prendergast, M (2017) 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Mathematics and Being Numerate: an integral part of the all Ireland National Longitudinal Study of 22q. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education, Dublin . [Details]
(2017)Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI),
Prendergast, M; O’Meara, N; O’Hara, C; Harbison, L; Cantley, I (2017) Strengthening the Bridge between Primary and Secondary Mathematics Education. [Oral Presentation], Educational Studies Association of Ireland Annual Conference (ESAI), Cork . [Details]
(2017)Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) Teaching and Learning Seminar,
Miller, S; Harbison, L; Prendergast, M; Trakulphadetkrai, NV (2017) Responding to teachers’ perceptions of barriers to integration of children’s literature in mathematics teaching. [Oral Presentation], Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) Teaching and Learning Seminar, Dublin . [Details]

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2007University of Limerick B.Sc.Physical Education and Mathematics
2011University of Limerick PhDMathematics Education

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I have a long-standing interest and passion for teaching and I think this is demonstrated by my foremost chosen career as a secondary school teacher and my subsequent decision to pursue a PhD with a focus on effective teaching. To date, I have a wide variety of teaching experiences which have helped me develop my skills and appreciate the importance of teaching. Such experiences have differed in terms of class sizes and students from different levels, abilities and cultures (primary, secondary and tertiary level, students with ID, Access and International students). 

Research Information

Internal Collaborators

 NameInstituteCountry
Dr. Máire Ní Ríordáin University College CorkIRELAND

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Dr Niamh O'Meara University of LimerickIRELAND
Dr Melanie Ni Dhuinn Trinity College DublinIRELAND
Dr Ian Cantley Queens University BelfastNORTHERN IRELAND
Dr Jennifer Liston Trinity College DublinIRELAND
Dr. Patrick Johnson University of LimerickIRELAND
Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin University College DublinIRELAND
Dr. Cormac Breen Technological University DublinIRELAND
Dr. Michael Carr Technological University DublinIRELAND
Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai University of ReadingUNITED KINGDOM
Dr Paraic Treacy University of BrightonUNITED KINGDOM
Dr. Fiona Faulkner Technological University DublinIRELAND

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