Dr Karen Wicks

Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and Course Coordinator for BA Applied Education Studies

Karen WicksI began my teaching career in 1985 as a class teacher at a large primary school in Luton and spent one year of my time at the school teaching in the United States on the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Programme.

In 1992 I became Head of Mathematics at a middle school in Bedfordshire and then joined Hertfordshire Local Authority as a Numeracy Senior Strategy Consultant (mathematics) in 1999.

I was appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University in 2006 and now share the Course Coordinator role for the BA (Hons) Applied Education Studies course.

My teaching focuses on Mathematics Education, Mathematical Problem Solving, Research Methods and research project supervision.

I am particularly interested in supporting adults in overcoming anxieties in learning mathematics and have recently completed research in this area.


  • EdD - University of Warwick
  • MA in Mathematics Education - Institute of Education, University of London
  • BEd (Hons) Mathematics and Physical Education - University of Warwick

Teaching Expertise

  • Mathematics Education
  • Research Methods
  • ICT

Research Interests

  • Mathematics education
  • Impact of the interactive whiteboard on teaching and learning within the mathematics classroom
  • Issue of 'student fear' of mathematics and exploring and identifying strategies to support and address such fear

Current Research

  • The use of virtual learning environments to support teaching and learning: Exploring student and tutor perceptions (started 2016).

External Roles

  • Member of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics
  • External Examiner for University of Worcester BA (Hons) Education Studies


  • Wicks, K. (2016) Strategies to support undergraduates in learning mathematics education on an Applied Education Studies degree course. Paper presented at BERA (2016), University of Leeds
  • Wicks, K. (2014) An exploration of adults' perceptions in identifying strategies to support them in learning mathematics as they embark on an undergraduate degree course in Applied Education Studies. EdD Thesis, University of Warwick.
  • Wicks, K. (2014) Changing Attitudes: undergraduate perceptions of learning mathematics in Pope, S. (2014), Proceedings of the 8th British Congress of Mathematics Education 2014, pp. 359 – 366
  • Wicks, K. (2013) A change of attitude? Exploring undergraduate perceptions of learning mathematics. Paper presented at ALM 20: Critical Moments in Adult Mathematics, University of South Wales
  • Wicks, K. (2011) 'Starting Points' in Mathematics Teaching 223, pp.7-9

Contact Details

T: +44 (0)1582 489003
E: karen.wicks@beds.ac.uk
Location: Putteridge Bury campus (please email for appointment)

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