#151 Research in Action 17: Executive function with Camilla Gilmore

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This episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast is kindly supported by Arc Maths.

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is an episode from season 2 of the Research in Action mini series, where I interview a researcher from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University about their chosen area of interest, and the implications for maths teaching and learning. You can check out all the previous conversations in the series here.

Episode 7 features Camilla Gilmore

Camillia completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at Nottingham (BSc Psychology), Reading (MSc Psychology Research Methods) and Oxford (DPhil Experimental Psychology). Following this she worked as a postdoc in the Psychology Department at Harvard University and was then a Research Fellow in the Learning Sciences Research Institute at Nottingham for 5 years. She moved to the MEC in 2011.

Camilla is one of the co-directors of our new Centre for Mathematical Cognition. She is an expert on mathematical cognition in adults and children, mathematical learning difficulties and dyscalculia, and conceptual and procedural understanding of mathematics. Colin Foster: “She knows more about executive functions than anyone else I know, so it would be really good to get her to go into some detail on that”. And so that is what we did!

If you want to download an mp3 version of this episode, you can do so here.

Camilla Gilmore’s Big 3
1. Building the brains “air traffic control” system: from the Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University https://developingchild.harvard.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/How-Early-Experiences-Shape-the-Development-of-Executive-Function.pdf
2. Preterm Birth Information for Education Professionals (http://www.pretermbirth.info/)This is a free online resource for teachers and other education professionals about the longterm consequences of preterm birth (and in particular mathematical difficulties) with suggestions how to support preterm children in the classroom. 
3. Deans for Impact, The Science of Early Learning. https://deansforimpact.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/The_Science_of_Early_Learning.pdf

My usual plugs:

One thought on “#151 Research in Action 17: Executive function with Camilla Gilmore

  1. Inspirational … will return to add further comment.
    Incidentally, my area of research as a PhD student is Affective Wellbeing and Executive Functioning in Mid-Adolescence …
    The number of times I said ‘Yes!’ to myself as I was listening transfixed to the podcast …!

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