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Dr. Olivia Fitzmaurice

Biography

Olivia originally trained as a physical education and mathematics teacher at UL, and taught at secondary school for a number of years before returning to full time education. She completed a higher diploma in pure mathematics at Maynooth University before returning to UL to complete her PhD in mathematics education. Olivia is a lecturer in mathematics education on the Physical Education and PME in Mathematics Teaching programmes. She is also director of the Mathematics Learning Centre in UL.

Research Interests

Olivia's research focuses mainly on preservice teachers' conceptual understanding of mathematics and effective practices in mathematics learning support.

Teaching Interests

Olivia lectures on both the undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics teacher education programmes in UL. She lectures pure mathematics (number theory and group theory) and mathematics education modules.

Research Collaborators

  • James Freemyer - Joint Publication - Indiana Wesleyan University -USA
  • Mairead Greene - Joint Publication - Rockhurst University -USA

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2018

‘Crossing' the equals sign: Insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations
Fitzmaurice, O., O'Meara, N., Johnson, P. & Lacey, S.
(2018) ‘Crossing' the equals sign: Insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations
In Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1539216

2018

Crossing the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations
Fitzmaurice, O., O'Meara, N., Johnson, P., & Lacey S.
(2018) Crossing the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations
In Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;

2018

`Crossing' the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations
Fitzmaurice O.;O'Meara N.;Johnson P.;Lacey S.
(2018) `Crossing' the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations
In Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1539216

2017

What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study
Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O. and O'Donoghue, J.
(2017) What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study
In Irish Educational Studies;

2017

What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study
Walsh, R,Fitzmaurice, O,O'Donoghue, J
(2017) What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study
In Irish Educational Studies;
DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2017.1327361

2017

Old Habits Die Hard: An uphill struggle against rules without reason
O'Meara, N. , Fitzmaurice, O. & Johnson, P.
(2017) Old Habits Die Hard: An uphill struggle against rules without reason

2016

Preparing Tutors for Mathematics Learning Support
Fitzmaurice, O., Cronin, A., Ni Fhloinn, E., O'Sullivan, C. and Walsh, R.
(2016) Preparing Tutors for Mathematics Learning Support
In MSOR Connections;

2014

Student perception of the impact of mathematics support in higher education
Ní Fhloinn E.;Fitzmaurice O.;Mac an Bhaird C.;O’Sullivan C.
(2014) Student perception of the impact of mathematics support in higher education
In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;
DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2014.892161

2014

The role of prior mathematical experience in predicting mathematics performance in higher education
Faulkner F.;Hannigan A.;Fitzmaurice O.
(2014) The role of prior mathematical experience in predicting mathematics performance in higher education
In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;
DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2013.868539

2014

'Ours is not to reason why, just invert and multiply': an insight into Irish prospective secondary teachers' conceptual understanding of the division of fractions
Slattery, J,Fitzmaurice, O
(2014) 'Ours is not to reason why, just invert and multiply': an insight into Irish prospective secondary teachers' conceptual understanding of the division of fractions
In Irish Educational Studies;
DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2014.982346

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.
In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;
DOI: 10.1080/0020739X.2013.868538

2013

If you're doubting yourself then, what's the fun in that? An exploration of why prospective secondary mathematics teachers perceive statistics as difficult
Leavy A.;Hannigan A.;Fitzmaurice O.
(2013) If you're doubting yourself then, what's the fun in that? An exploration of why prospective secondary mathematics teachers perceive statistics as difficult
In Journal Of Statistics Education;
DOI: 10.1080/10691898.2013.11889684

2013

Student non-engagement with mathematics learning supports
An Bhaird C.;Fitzmaurice O.;Nífhloinn E.;O'sullivan C.
(2013) Student non-engagement with mathematics learning supports
In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;
DOI: 10.1093/teamat/hrt018

2013

Why is statistics perceived as difficult and can practice during training change perceptions? Insights from a prospective mathematics teacher
Fitzmaurice O.;Leavy A.;Hannigan A.
(2013) Why is statistics perceived as difficult and can practice during training change perceptions? Insights from a prospective mathematics teacher
In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;
DOI: 10.1093/teamat/hru010

2013

An investigation of prospective secondary mathematics teachers' conceptual knowledge of and attitudes towards statistics
Hannigan A.;Gill O.;Leavy A.
(2013) An investigation of prospective secondary mathematics teachers' conceptual knowledge of and attitudes towards statistics
In Journal Of Mathematics Teacher Education;
DOI: 10.1007/s10857-013-9246-3

2012

An innovative approach to evaluating the university of Limerick's mathematics learning centre
Carroll C.;Gill O.
(2012) An innovative approach to evaluating the university of Limerick's mathematics learning centre
In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;
DOI: 10.1093/teamat/hrs008

2011

Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts
Loch B.;Gill O.;Croft A.
(2011) Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts
In Anziam Journal;

2011

Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts
Loch, B,Gill, O,Croft, AC
(2011) Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts
In Anziam Journal;

2010

Trends in the mathematical competency of university entrants in Ireland by leaving certificate mathematics grade
Faulkner F., Hannigan A., Gill O.
(2010) Trends in the mathematical competency of university entrants in Ireland by leaving certificate mathematics grade
In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;
DOI: 10.1093/teamat/hrq002

2010

Trends in performance of science and technology students (1997-2008) in Ireland
Gill O., O'Donoghue J., Faulkner F., Hannigan A.
(2010) Trends in performance of science and technology students (1997-2008) in Ireland
In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;
DOI: 10.1080/00207390903477426

Conference Publications

2018

24th ICMI Study Group Meeting on School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
O'Meara, N., Fitzmaurice, O., Johnson, P., Prendergast, M., and Freemyer, J.
(2018) 24th ICMI Study Group Meeting on School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities
Tsukuba, Japan

2018

British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) Day Conference
Ryan, M.., Fitzmaurice, O., and Johnson, P.
(2018) British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) Day Conference
London, England

2018

Adults Learning Mathematics 25th Annual Conference (ALM-25)
Ryan, M., Fitzmaurice, O., and Johnson, P.
(2018) Adults Learning Mathematics 25th Annual Conference (ALM-25)
London, England

2018

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
Ryan, M., Fitzmaurice O., and Johnson, P.
(2018) Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)
Dublin, Ireland

2017

The 42nd Annual ATEE Conference
Freemyer, J., Johnson, P. and Fitzmaurice, O.
(2017) The 42nd Annual ATEE Conference
Dubrovnik, Croatia

2016

18th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association
Freemyer, J., Johnson, P., and Fitzmaurice, O
(2016) 18th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association
Atlanta, Georgia

2016

13th International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME)
Fitzmaurice, O., Johnson, P., O'Meara, N., and Lacey, S.
(2016) 13th International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME)
Hamburg, Germany

2015

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) 38
O'Keeffe, L., Fitzmaurice, O. and Johnson, P.
(2015) Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) 38
Brisbane, Australia

2013

Educational Studies Association of Ireland
Liston, M., Fitzmaurice, O., Johnson, P., O'Meara, N., O'Keeffe, L. and Prendergast, M.
(2013) Educational Studies Association of Ireland
Limerick, Ireland

2011

THE CHANGING PROFILE OF THIRD LEVEL SERVICE MATHEMATICS IN IRELAND (1997-2010)
Faulkner, F,Hannigan, A,Gill, O,Pytlak, M,Rowland, T,Swoboda, E
(2011) THE CHANGING PROFILE OF THIRD LEVEL SERVICE MATHEMATICS IN IRELAND (1997-2010)
In Proceedings Of The Seventh Congress Of The European Society For Research In Mathematics Education (Cerme 7);

2011

THE ROLE OF VIDEO-BASED EXPERIENCES IN THE TEACHER EDUCATION OF PRE-SERVICE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
Liston, M,Gill, O,Pytlak, M,Rowland, T,Swoboda, E
(2011) THE ROLE OF VIDEO-BASED EXPERIENCES IN THE TEACHER EDUCATION OF PRE-SERVICE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS
In Proceedings Of The Seventh Congress Of The European Society For Research In Mathematics Education (Cerme 7);

2006

Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum
Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue
(2006) Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum
*(Ed.)

2006

Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum
Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue
(2006) Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum
*(Ed.)

2005

First International Conference on Research in Mathematics Education
Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue
(2005) First International Conference on Research in Mathematics Education
Close, S., Dooley, T. and D. Corcoran(Ed.)

2005

Twelveth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics ¿V A Research Forum
Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue
(2005) Twelveth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics ¿V A Research Forum
*(Ed.)

Conference Contributions

2016

13th International Congress on Mathematical Education
Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O., O'Donoghue, J.
(2016) 13th International Congress on Mathematical Education
Hamburg, Germany

2015

Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) 22
Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O.
(2015) Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) 22
Alexandria, VA, USA

2015

6th Teaching and Learning Day: Improving Retention by Identifying and Supporting At-Risk Students
Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O.
(2015) 6th Teaching and Learning Day: Improving Retention by Identifying and Supporting At-Risk Students
University of Limerick

2015

PechaKucha Seminar
Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O., O'Donoghue, J.
(2015) PechaKucha Seminar
EPISTEM, University of Limerick

2013

NUI Galway - UL Alliance Engineering, Informatics and Science Research Day 2013
Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O.
(2013) NUI Galway - UL Alliance Engineering, Informatics and Science Research Day 2013
NUI Galway

Reviewss

2016

A comparison of the mathematical performance of mature students and traditional students over a 10-year period
Faulkner, F,Fitzmaurice, O,Hannigan, A
(2016) A comparison of the mathematical performance of mature students and traditional students over a 10-year period
In Irish Educational Studies;
DOI: 10.1080/03323315.2016.1229208

Other Items Published

2006

Mathematics Support for Adult Learners
Gill, O; O'Donoghue, J
(2006) Mathematics Support for Adult Learners
In American Journal Of Tropical Medicine And Hygiene;

2005

What Counts as Service Mathematics Teaching in Irish Universities
Gill, O
(2005) What Counts as Service Mathematics Teaching in Irish Universities

2005

Analysis of Leaving Certificate Mathematics as Preparation for Service Mathematics Courses in UL
Gill, O; O'Donoghue, J
(2005) Analysis of Leaving Certificate Mathematics as Preparation for Service Mathematics Courses in UL
In American Journal Of Tropical Medicine And Hygiene;

2004

An Irish Perspective on the 'Mathematics Problem'
Gill, O; O'Donoghue, J
(2004) An Irish Perspective on the 'Mathematics Problem'
In American Journal Of Tropical Medicine And Hygiene;