Department of Education

Karen Skilling

Departmental Lecturer

College Affiliation: St Antony's College

Dr Karen Skilling is a mathematics educator and researcher at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. Her research interests include: student engagement and motivation in mathematics; teacher beliefs and practices for promoting student engagement; mathematics instruction across primary through to secondary years; integrated STEM learning, STEM project based activities; and vignette methods

Karen is a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London

Publications

Journal articles

Durksen, T. L., Way, J., Bobis, J., Anderson, J., Skilling, K., & Martin, A. J. (2017). Motivation and engagement in mathematics: A qualitative framework for teacher-student interactions. Mathematics Education Research Journal. Online first (25 February). doi: 10.1007/s13394-017-0199-1. Available at http://rdcu.be/pBtI

Skilling, K., Bobis, J., Martin, A. J., Anderson, J., & Way, J. (2016). What secondary teachers think and do about student engagement in mathematics. Mathematics Education Research Journal (Vol 28, No.4, pp. 545-566)

Book chapters
Skilling, K. (in press). Shifting and shaping student beliefs about STEM education, pathways and engagement through integrated project experiences. In Y. Li & J. Anderson (Eds). Integrated approaches to STEM education: An international perspective: Springer. (Publication due October 2019).

Jablonka, E. and Skilling, K. (2018). Numeracy, mathematical literacy and mathematics. In Maguire, M., Gibbons, S., Glackin, M., Pepper, D. & Skilling, K. (Eds.), Becoming a Teacher (5th Edition), Chapter 19. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.

Skilling, K. (2018). Engaged in learning: Learning to engage. In Maguire, M., Gibbons, S., Glackin, M., Pepper, D. & Skilling, K. (Eds.), Becoming a Teacher (5th Edition), Chapter 11. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill.

Doctoral Applications

Karen welcomes doctoral applications from students interested in the following research areas

  • Motivation and engagement in education
  • Self-regulation and metacognitive processes
  • Affective and emotional constructs influencing learning
  • STEM learning and integrated STEM projects
  • Qualitative methods: vignette methods; interviews (in-depth & focus groups), classroom observations; and mixed methods

  • Subjects Taught

    MSc in Learning and Teaching

    PGCE

Publications:

  • Books

    • M Maguire, SJ Gibbons, MA Glackin, DJ Pepper, K Skilling (eds.) (2018) Becoming a Teacher Fifth Edition. McGraw Hill.

  • Book chapters

    • Skilling, KG (2019) “Distinguishing engagement from achievement: understanding influential factors for engaged and disengaged low achieving mathematics students”, In: Proceedings of the Eleventh Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME11, 5-10 February 2019) Utrecht, The Netherlands: Utrecht University and ERME.. Eleventh Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education.

    • Skilling, KG (2019) “Shifting and shaping student STEM beliefs: learning from a transdisciplinary robot project”, In: Post Conference Proceedings of the Integrated Education for the Real World: 5th International STEM in Education Conference. Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 364-371

    • Skilling, KG (2019) “Shifting and shaping student beliefs about STEM education, pathways and engagement through integrated project experiences”, In: Y Li, J Anderson (eds.) Integrated approaches to STEM education: An international perspective. Springer.

    • Skilling, KG, Gibbons, SJ, Glackin, MA, Maguire, MM, Pepper, DJ (2018) “Becoming a Teacher”, In: Becoming a Teacher. 5. McGraw Hill. 5-12

    • Glackin, MA, Gibbons, SJ, Maguire, MM, Pepper, DJ, Skilling, KG (2018) “Continuing as a teacher”, In: Becoming a Teacher. 5. 396-408

    • Skilling, KG (2018) “Engaged in learning: Learning to engage”, In: M Maguire, S Gibbons, M Glackin, D Pepper, K Skilling (eds.) Becoming a Teacher. 5th. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill. 146-162

    • Skilling, KG (2018) “Numeracy,mathematical literacy and mathematics”, In: M Maguire, S Gibbons, M Glackin, D Pepper, K Skilling (eds.) Becoming a Teacher. 5th. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill. 269-286

    • Zhang, D, Skilling, KG, Bobis, J (2016) “Autonomy supportive teaching practices: International perspectives.”, In: . 4th International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference (STEM 2016), Beijing. Beijing Normal University Publishing Group.

    • Skilling, KG (2014) “Teacher practices: How they promote or hinder student engagement.”, In: J Anderson, M Cavanagh, A Prescott (eds.) Curriculum in Focus: Research guided practice. (Proceedings of the 37th annual conference of the Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia, MERGA. Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia. 589-596

    • Skilling, KG “Investigating student STEM beliefs within a transdisciplinary robot building project”, In: E Bergqvist, M Osterholm, C Granberg, L Sumpter (eds.) Proceedings of the 42nd Psychology of Mathematics Education conference (PME).. 158-158

    • Skilling, KG, Bobis, J, Martin, A “THE ENGAGEMENT OF STUDENTS WITH HIGH AND LOW ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS IN MATHEMATICS”, In: K Beswick, T Muir, J Wells (eds.) Proceedings of the 39th Psychology of Mathematics Education conference. Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME). 185-192

    • Skilling, KG, Mason, J “Spaces and Values: What is Available to be Adopted by Students”, In: .), Development of Mathematics Teaching: Design, Scale, Effects. Proceedings from MADIF9: The Ninth Swedish Mathematics Education Research Seminar, Umeå,. 137-147

  • Conference papers

    • Skilling, KG, Stylianides, GJ Promoting cognitive engagement in secondary mathematics classrooms. Ninth Conference of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME9. 1280-1286.

  • Journal articles

    • Skilling, KG (2019) “What do teachers believe about student engagement in mathematics and why does it matter?”, The Scottish Mathematical Council Journal. 48 64-71.

    • Durksen, TL, Way, J, Bobis, J, Anderson, J, Skilling, K, Martin, AJ (2017) “Motivation and engagement in mathematics: a qualitative framework for teacher-student interactions”, Mathematics Education Research Journal. 29 163-181.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s13394-017-0199-1

    • Skilling, K, Bobis, J, Martin, AJ, Anderson, J, Way, J (2016) “What secondary teachers think and do about student engagement in mathematics”, Mathematics Education Research Journal. 28 545-566.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s13394-016-0179-x

    • Skilling, KG, Bobis, J, Martin, A “The ins and outs of student engagement in mathematics: The reasons for shifting engagement in high and low achievers.”, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education.

    • Skilling, K, STYLIANIDES, G “Using vignettes in educational research: a framework for vignette construction”, International Journal of Research and Method in Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/1743727X.2019.1704243

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