Elizabeth Lake
  • 1.50 Lawrence Stenhouse Building

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In summary: I've worked in schools, further education, the higher education sector all following a first career in the post office. My degree is in Interdisciplinary science. I have more than 20 years of experience with assessment and examinations across all school years from primary KS2 to sixth form courses in mathematics and education studies.

Following many years in school as a mathematics teacher, I moved into FE and after a period working with special needs students led a range of education studies courses and well as leading post compulsory teacher education courses and professional development courses. I have successfully designed and created new courses from outline to enactment using research led principles of assessment and engagement.

My MA is in Teaching and Learning in Further and Higher Education and my PhD, completed in 2018 and funded by UEA, examines how experienced teachers use their emotions whilst teaching mathematics.

Currently I lead the Secondary Mathematics PGCE at UEA, although I am employed by the prestigious UCL institute of Education as a Senior Teaching Fellow, and on loan to UEA for one year. I also teach and assess on the Secondary Mathematics PGCE at UCL, the London TeachFirst programme and the UCL MA in Education and MA in Mathematics Education. This is an excellent arrangement that allows me to access and employ best practices across these roles.

Personal interests centre on the affective dimensions of teaching, especially engagement in mathematics and the use of emotions to support the effective communication of mathematics in school.

I've had the pleasure to publish two book chapters, many conference papers and am active in publishing academic papers with three in the pipeline: How expert teachers model ‘how-to-be’ in mathematics teaching, Measuring emotions of teaching using GSR as a stimulus for reflection and thirdly, PGCE Student perspectives on transition from face-to-face to online learning during COVID-19 in regard to principles of social constructivism.

I review for journals and have been an editorial assistant for RME for several years. I supervise PhD students and review ethics applications at UCL.