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Dr. Ciara Lane


Hello, my name is Ciara Lane. I studied for my degree in English and Mathematical Studies in University College Cork (UCC). After graduating with my BA in 2007, I became interested in Mathematics Education and particularly, in post-primary education. As such, I completed my PhD in Mathematical Studies under the supervision of Prof. Martin Stynes (UCC); Prof. John O'Donoghue (University of Limerick); and Dr. Tom Carroll (UCC). The title of my thesis was: The Image of Mathematics held by Post-Primary Students in Ireland. Since receiving my doctorate I have been working here in UL, and since September 2014, I have been based in EPI*STEM. My research interests remain in the field of mathematics-related affective, but also mathematics teacher education, both initial and continuing. I am particularly interested in the issue of out-of-field teaching. If you would like to contact me about my research or with regards to these research topics, please feel free to email me at:

Research Interests

My research to date has been based on the area of students' images of mathematics (attitudes, self-concept, anxiety, motivation and beliefs regarding mathematics). As well as investigating the components that combine to form a student's image of mathematics, my research also examined the factors influencing this image formation.
Since working in UL, I have been mainly working in the area of mathematics education, with pre-service teachers and out-of-field mathematics teachers and have published on both contexts.
Recently, I am working on a project with Dr Grainne Walshe on the mathematical preparedness of first year students for studying STEM at third-level.

Teaching Interests

Mathematics Modules for Pre-service teachers: Algebra, Number Theory, Group Theory, Mathematical Thinking


Peer Reviewed Journals


The Image of Mathematics held by Irish Post-Primary Students
Lane, C; O'Donoghue, J; Stynes, M
(2014) The Image of Mathematics held by Irish Post-Primary Students
In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology; pp. 879-891

Conference Publications


MEI5 Mathematics Education: Crossing Boundaries
Lane,C; O'Donoghue,J;Stynes,M
(2013) MEI5 Mathematics Education: Crossing Boundaries
Dooley, T; NicMhuiri, S; OReilly, M; Ward, R(Ed.) pp. 167-178 Dublin