Mathematics Education: the role of technology, history and modelling in promoting understanding of mathematical thinking in children and older learners

Recruitment, retraining, retention and professional development of teachers

Mathematics anxiety and the promotion of Mathematical Resilience in teachers, parents, supporters and learners

Developing Coaches for Mathematical Resilience

One-to-one interventions for students and staff with maths or stats anxiety

Sue trained as a secondary mathematics teacher at Cambridge University. She taught in London comprehensive schools, and worked with colleagues on early uses of ICT in teaching mathematics, including David Tall's Graphic Calculus.

Sue moved to Kings College London to work on Graded Assessment in Mathematics, the precursor to the National curriculum. PGCE and Masters courses and subsequently on the Nuffield Advanced Mathematics project, precursor to the current Alevel 'Use of Mathematics'.

In 1997 she moved to the Open University to co-ordinate the Mathematics PGCE and the development of maths subject knowledge of Primary PGCE students. For three years, she was Director of NOF-funded ICT training in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire, based at De Montfort University, before returning to the OU to work on Researching Mathematics Learning and courses to develop mathematics subject knowledge of non-specialist teachers. This programme resulted in 3 books in the Sage 'Developing Thinking in Mathematics' series.

In collaboration with Clare Lee, working with students, teachers, school leaders, and parents, she has developed the construct 'Mathematical Resilience' as a positive framework for working with schools and families on 'the maths problem'. In collaboration with The Progression Trust and Asdan, she has developed a programme for developing Coaches for Mathematical Resilience, so that mathematically anxious adults can support mathematics learners, from where they are now with their mathematics. Sue has also used her work to contribute to a development programme that aims at strengthening STEM capabilities and resilience in two districts in South Africa. The project blog can be found here.

- Apostolidu, Masha, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2023. Breaking through the fear : exploring the mathematical resilience toolkit with anxious FE students. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 28 (2), pp. 330-347
- Para, Telma, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2023. Addressing mathematics anxiety : a case study in a high school in Brazil. Creative Education, 14 (2), pp. 377-399
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Kilpatrick Baker, Janet, McCracken, Ann, Msimanga, Audrey, 2021. A Toolkit for Teachers and Learners, Parents, Carers and Support Staff : Improving Mathematical Safeguarding and Building Resilience to Increase Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning Mathematics. Creative education, 11 (8), pp. 1418-1441
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, Mackrell, Kate, 2021. Addressing mathematics anxiety through developing resilience : building on self-determination theory. Creative Education, 12, pp. 2098-2115
- Cousins, Sarah B., Brindley, Janine, Baker, Janet, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2019. Stories of mathematical resilience : how some adult learners overcame affective barriers. Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning, 21 (1), pp. 46-70
- Baker, Janet, Cousins, Sarah B., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2019. Mathematics : a place of loving kindness and resilience-building. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 17 (1), pp. 111-126
- Findon, Madeleine A., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2018. Working together to promote academic safe-guarding. School Leadership & Management, 38 (2), pp. 164-186
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Goodall, Janet, Almehrz, Hani, 2018. Overcoming statistical helplessness and developing statistical resilience in learners : an illustrative, collaborative, phenomenological study. Creative education, 9 (7), pp. 1105-1122
- Findon, Madeleine A., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2017. Addressing the low skill levels of university undergraduates in theUnited Kingdom. Warwick Journal of Education Transforming Teaching, 1, pp. 36-54
- Kooken, Janice, Welsh, Megan E., Mccoach, D. Betsy, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, 2016. Development and validation of the mathematical resilience scale. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 49 (3), pp. 217-242
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, C., Garton, E., Brindley, Janine, 2016. Breaking the cycle of mathematics anxiety : adults learning mathematical resilience in order to coach apprentices. Journal of Vocational Education and Training
- Goodall, Janet, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2015. Overcoming mathematical helplessness and developing mathematical resilience in parents : an illustrative case study. Creative education, 6, pp. 526-535
- Lee, Clare, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2013. Learning mathematics - letting the pupils have their say. Educational Studies in Mathematics, 83 (2), pp. 163-180
- Ward-Penny, Robert, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Johnston-Wilder, Peter, 2012. Discussing perception, determining provision : teachers' perspectives on the applied options of A-level mathematics. Teaching Mathematics and its Applications
- Tan, Wee Hoe, Neill, S. R. St. J., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2012. How do professionals' attitudes differ between what game-based learning could ideally achieve and what is usually achieved. International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 2 (1), pp. 1-15
- Ward-Penny, Robert, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, 2011. Exit interviews : undergraduates who leave mathematics behind. For the learning of mathematics, 31 (2), pp. 21-26
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, 2010. Children overheard : mathematical resilience. Mathematics Teaching, Vol.218i
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, 2010. Mathematical resilience. Mathematics Teaching, Vol.218, pp. 38-41
- Tan, Wee Hoe, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Neill, S. R. St. J., 2010. Exploring the educational potential of game-based learning through the eyes of game industry practitioners. International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Vol.6 (No.1), pp. 41-54
- Hammond, Michael, Crosson, Sue, Fragkouli, Elpiniki, Ingram, Jennifer, Johnston-Wilder, Peter, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Kingston, Yvette, Pope, Melanie, Wray, David, 2009. Why do some student teachers make very good use of ICT? An exploratory case study. Technology, Pedagogy and Education, Vol.18 (No.1), pp. 59-73
- Hammond, Michael, Fragkouli, Elpiniki, Suandi, Ida, Crosson, Sue, Ingram, Jennifer, Johnston-Wilder, Peter, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Kingston, Yvette, Pope, Melanie, Wray, David, 2009. What happens as student teachers who made very good use of ICT during pre-service training enter their first year of teaching?. Teacher Development, Vol.13 (No.2), pp. 93-106
- Duke, R., Graham, A., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2008. Fractionkitapplet. Mathematics Teaching, Vol.208, pp. 29-31

- Lee, Clare, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2017. Learning mathematics : an affective focus. Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Lee, Clare; Pimm, David (eds.), Learning to teach mathematics in the secondary school : a companion to school experience [Fourth Edition], London, UK, Routledge
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Pimm, David, 2017. Interacting with Mathematics using digital technology. Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Lee, Clare; Pimm, David (eds.), Learning to teach mathematics in the secondary school : a companion to school experience [Fourth Edition], London, UK, Routledge
- Lee, Clare, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2017. The construct mathematical resilience. In Xolocotzin Eligio, Ulises (ed.), Understanding Emotions in Mathematical Thinking and Learning, London, United Kingdom, Academic Press, pp. 269-291
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Pimm, David, 2017. Teaching for Mathematics learning. Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Lee, Clare; Pimm, David (eds.), Learning to teach mathematics in the secondary school : a companion to school experience [Fourth Edition], London, UK, Routledge
- Goodall, Janet, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Russell, Rosemary, 2017. The emotions experienced while learning mathematics at home. In Eligio, Ulises Xolocotzin (ed.), Understanding Emotions in Mathematical Thinking and Learning, London, Academic Press, pp. 295-313
- Goodall, Janet, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Russell, Rosemary, 2016. The emotions experienced whilst learning mathematics at home. Xolocotzin, Ulises (ed.), Understanding emotions in mathematical thinking and learning, Elsevier Academic Press
- Tan, Wee Hoe, Neill, S. R. St. J., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2014. Why game-based learning did not achieve what it could achieve : challenges and success factors. Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi (ed.), Educational technology use and design for improved learning opportunities, Hershey, PA, IGI Global
- Lee, Clare, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2014. Mathematical resilience : what is it and why is it important?. In Chinn, Steve (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Dyscalculia and Mathematical Learning Difficulties, Abingdon, Oxon, Routledge, pp. 337-345
- Tan, W. H., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Neill, Sean, 2011. Game-based learning with dialogic teaching approach : deep learning and the use of SporeTM in A-Level biology lessons. Felicia, Patrick (ed.), Handbook of research on improving learning and motivation through educational games : multidisciplinary approaches, Hershey ; London, Information Science Reference
- Pimm, D., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2010. Different teaching approaches. Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Johnston-Wilder, Peter; Pimm, David; Lee, Clare (eds.), Learning to teach mathematics in the secondary school : a companion to school experience, London, Routledge
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2010. Using information and communication technology. Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Johnston-Wilder, Peter; Pimm, David; Lee, Clare (eds.), Learning to teach mathematics in the secondary school : a companion to school experience, London, Routledge
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2010. Using ICT to enhance learning in mathematics. In Johnston-Wilder, Sue; Lee, Clare S. (eds.), Leading practice and managing change in the mathematics department : a resource book for subject leaders in mathematics, St. Albans, Tarquin Publications, pp. 183-210
- Tan, W. H, Neill, S. R. St. J., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2010. Spiral research model for game-based learning studies : a pragmatic educational research design in practice. In Meyer, Bente (ed.), Proceedings of the 4th European Conference on Games-Based Learning : The Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Copenhagen, Denmark, 21-22 October 2010, Reading, Academic Publishing, pp. 478-486
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2009. Listening to learners working with ROBOTS. Houssart, Jenny; Mason, John (eds.), Listening figures : listening to learners of mathematics at secondary school and above, Stoke-on-Trent ; Sterling, VA, Trentham
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Collins, J., 2008. Children negotiating identities. Collins , Janet; Foley, Pam (eds.), Promoting children's wellbeing : policy and practice, Bristol : Milton Keynes, Policy Press

- Yorgun, A., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Mert, S., Acar, C., Güldürek, L., 2024. Ortaokul Ö?rencilerinde Matematik Kayg?s? ile Duygu Düzenleme ve Psikolojik Sa?laml?k Aras?ndaki ?li?kinin ?ncelenmesi. Math Learning Difficulties in the Context of Social Justice- International Congress (ICMLD-2023), Online, 13-15 Oct 2023
- Mackrell, Kate, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2020. The mathematics resilience approach to mathematics anxiety : is this supported by self-determination theory?. BSRLM Spring 2020, Cambridge, 7 Mar 2020, Published in Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Mackrell, Kate, 2019. Nonviolent communication, compassion and mathematical resilience. British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics June 2019, Birmingham University, 8 Jun 2019, Published in Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics June 2019
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, 2019. How can we address mathematics anxiety more effectively as a community?. 15th International Conference of The Mathematics Education for the Future Project Theory and Practice: An Interface or A Great Divide?, Maynooth, Ireland, 4-9 Aug 2019
- Heshmati, Holly, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Sinclair, Ben, 2018. Learners creating video revision resources to promote mathematics self-efficacy. BSRLM Summer 2018 Conference, University of Wales, Swansea, Wales, 9 June 2018, Published in Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
- Heshmati, Holly, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Sinclair, Ben, 2018. Learners creating video revision resources to promote mathematics self-efficacy. BSRLM Summer 2018 Conference, University of Wales, Swansea, Wales, 9 June 2018, Published in Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Moreton, J., 2018. Developing mathematical-resilience-promoting practices in teachers. 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 12-14 Nov 2018, Published in ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 8228-8237
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Pardoe, Steve, Marsh, J., Almehrz, Hani, Evans, Bernadette, Richards, S., 2017. Developing teaching for mathematical resilience in further education : development and evaluation of a 4-day course. 10th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 16-18 Nov 2017, Published in ICERI2017 Proceedings
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, 2017. Addressing the affective domain to increase effectiveness of mathematical thinking and problem solving. 2017 IMA CETL-MSOR conference, Birmingham, 10-12 July 2017
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Marshall, Ellen, 2017. Overcoming affective barriers to mathematical learning in practice. 2017 IMA CETL-MSOR, Birmingham, 10-12 Jul 2017
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Pardoe, Steve, Almehrz, Hani, Evans, Bernadette, Marsh, Jane, Richards, Sarah, 2016. Developing teaching for mathematical resilience in further education. 9th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, ICERI2016, Seville (SPAIN), 14-16 of Nov 2016, Published in ICERI2016 Proceedings, pp. 3019-3028
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, Brindley, Janine, Garton, E., 2015. Developing peer coaching for mathematical resilience in post- 16 students who are encountering mathematics in other subjects. ICER2015, 8th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, 16-18 Nov 2015, Published in ICERI2015 Proceedings
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, Brindley, Janine, Garton, E., 2015. Developing mathematical resilience in school-students who have experienced repeated failure. 8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2015), Seville, Spain, 16-18 Nov 2015
- Lugalia, Mary, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Goodall, Janet, 2015. Using ICT and dialogic teaching : impact on mathematical resilience and attainment in algebra of a Kenyan school year group. EDULEARN15, Barcelona, 6-8 Jul 2015, Published in EDULEARN15 Proceedings
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, Garton, E., Brindley, Janine, 2014. Developing coaches for mathematical resilience : level 2. 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville, Spain, 17-19 Nov 2014, Published in CERI2014 Proceedings, pp. 4457-4465
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, Mackrell, Kate, 2014. A course for coaches of mathematical resilience. PME38 2014, Vancouver, 15-20 Jul 2014
- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, Garton, E., Goodlad, Susan, Brindley, Janine, 2013. Developing coaches for mathematical resilience. 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2013), Seville, Spain, 18-20 Nov 2013, Published in ICERI2013 Proceedings, pp. 2326-2333
- Kooken, Janice, Welsh, Megan E., Mccoach, D. Betsy, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Lee, Clare, 2012. Measuring mathematical resilience : an application of the construct of resilience to the study of mathematics. AERA 2013, San Francisco, California, 27 Apr-1 May 2013
- Tan, Wee Hoe, Neill, Sean, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, 2009. Deep learning and the use of Spore (TM) in A-level biology lessons. 3rd European Conference on Games Based Learning, FH Joanneum Univ Appl Sci, Graz, Austria, October 12-13, 2009, Published in Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Games Based Learning, pp. 354-361
- Tan, W. H., Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Neill, S. R. St. J., 2008. Examining the potential of games-based learning through the eyes of maths trainee teachers. British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, London, UK, Nov 2008, Published in Proceedings of the Day Conference held at the Kings College, pp. 120-124

- Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Brindley, Janine, Dent, Philip, 2014. A survey of mathematics anxiety and mathematical resilience among existing apprentices. Gatsby Charitable Foundation
- Ainley, Janet, Button, Tom, Clark-Wilson, Alison, Hewson, Steve, Johnston-Wilder, Sue, Martin, David, Miller, Dave, Oldknow, Adrian, Potter, Gill, Ruthven, Kenneth, Sangwin, Chris, Sheldon, Neil, Sutherland, Rosamund, 2011. Digital technologies and mathematics education. JMC

Title | Funder | Award start | Award end |
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A survey of Mathematical Anxiety among existing apprentices | Gatsby Charitable Foundation | 01 Jun 2014 | 30 Sep 2014 |

Learning Consultancy research project. | Kingswood Secondary Academy | 17 Mar 2010 | 23 Jul 2010 |

Action research with Swanshurst Girls School | Swanshurst Girls School | 07 May 2010 | 20 Jul 2010 |

14 - 19 Deep Learning | British Educational Communications and Technology Agency | 01 Sep 2008 | 31 Mar 2009 |