I am interested in how children develop maths knowledge, especially in the early years. My research looks at the different developmental trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds compared to their more affluent peers. I am interested in how maths anxiety, growth mindsets and attitudes of significant adults can affect children's developing numeracy skills.
Abertay University Graduate School Conference 2016
Growth mindset: Does the past matter?
PsyPag Conference 2017: Northumbria University
Does attachment security affect development of a growth mindset in primary school children?
Growth Mindset showcase Event 2017: Dundee Ice Arena
The effect of attachment security style on development of growth mindsets in primary school children
Abertay University Graduate School Conference 2018
Effects of attitudes, mindset, and anxiety on children’s maths performance
MCLS 2019 (Ottawa, Canada)
Effects of attitudes, mindset, and anxiety on children’s maths performance: A pilot study
Dawn Short, Janet McLean & Clare Cunningham
Talk: Effects of attitudes, mindset, and anxiety on children’s maths performance
Abertay University Graduate School Conference 2019
Can maths anxiety begin at 4 years old?
BPS CogDev 2019 Conference (Stoke-on-Trent)
Poster presentation: Can Maths Anxiety Begin at Age 4 years?
BPS Annual Conference 2019 Harrogate
Effects of attitudes, mindset, and anxiety on children’s numeracy attainment: a pilot study
MCLS 2020 (virtual)
Attitude and attainment: Exploring how attainment is affected by maths attitudes in primary school children, their teachers, and their care-givers
Numerical mapping ability – what can it tell us?
BPS CogDev 2019 Maths anxiety affects a third of young children
Nov ’19 to present: Exam Invigilator
May ’18 to May ’20: Abertay University: Teaching Fellow
Planned and ran various psychology tutorial groups and assisted in psychology research methods lab classes. Marked and graded course works.
Nov ’17 to May ’18: Abertay University: Research Fellow
Evaluation of efficacy of a homework and hot meal club provided in 5 Dundee schools in deprived areas of the city, by conducting health and wellbeing activities and literacy and numeracy assessments. Analysis and dissemination of this data plus report writing with recommended next steps.
May '17 to August ‘17: Abertay University: Research Fellow
Analysis of admission and application data using SPSS and Excel. Collection of data by running interviews, focus groups and surveys. Analysis and dissemination of this data plus report writing with recommended next steps.
Mar '16 to May '17: Abertay University: Teaching Fellow:
Assisted lecturers in undergraduate tutorial classes (Psychology Research Methods; Animal Behaviour) and marked undergraduate course works.
Summer 2012: Abertay University: Research Volunteer
Recruited and tested participants from out with the University. Used Fantamorph software for participant testing on the laterality specific valence effect.
2001 to 2010: Classroom Assistant, Monifieth High School:
Supported individual and small groups of children in small group and class settings
Education, PGCertHET; FHEA
31 Oct 2017 → 30 May 2019
Award Date: 24 Jun 2019
Psychology, Masters by Research, Abertay University
Award Date: 12 Dec 2016
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