Dr Cristina Mio
- Lecturer in Mathematics Education (Pedagogy, Praxis & Faith)
Cristina Mio, Lecturer in Mathematics Education (TLS), from January 2019.
Cristina has a PhD and a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from the “Università di Padova”, Italy. After working as a researcher in chemical engineering in the US, at UC Berkeley and the Colorado School of Mines, and in the UK, at UMIST in Manchester, she completed a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics at the University of Manchester.
Her teaching experience spans from lower secondary to A-level courses, from further education to higher education/university. She taught Mathematics in Loreto Sixth Form College in Manchester (England), in South Lanarkshire College in East Kilbride (Scotland) and at the Open University. From 2014 to 2018 Cristina was a teaching associate in the Chemical and Process Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde, where she taught face-to-face and distance-learning undergraduate course, supervised undergraduate design projects and postgraduate research projects, and was Academic-Year Coordinator for first-year chemical engineering students.
- Approaches to learning (deep/surface) in Mathematics and Engineering in Higher Education
- Students’ autonomy and self-regulation in group projects in chemical engineering
- The use of peer-assessment in large classes to increase students’ motivation
- How teachers’ attitudes and approaches towards maths influence students’ confidence, motivation and belief about mathematics
- Teachers’ pedagogical subject knowledge in Mathematics
- C. Mio, I. O. Zembat, S. Marshall, E. McLaren; "Enhancing the provision of mathematics education courses and improving pre-service teachers' understanding of teaching and learning through the use of hand-on/online manipulatives and supporting materials", funded by the School of Education (Small Grants), University of Glasgow (January 2020 – June 2020) (total amount of funding £ 5,000)
- I. O. Zembat, C. Mio; "School-University Collaboration to Cultivate the Experiences of Students and Schoolteachers in Mathematics (SUCCESS – M): Enriching teaching and learning through a mathematics curriculum development for topics in Primary 5-Primary 7", funded by Pupil Equity Funding (PEF) Grant, Falkirk Council - Scotland (March 2019 – March 2020) (total amount of funding £19,627)
- E. Ventura-Medina, E. Joao, C. Mio; “Crossing Boundaries – Multidisciplinary Education using Scenario-Based Learning in Engineering”, BWG-WISE Project funded by the Faculty of Engineering Educational Development Fund - University of Strathclyde (2015/16) (total amount of funding £4,520)
Supervised 4 MSc and 1 MEd Master's dissertations on:
- Maths anxiety in middle-school aged pupils
- Comparison of how English is taught traditional Chinese schools and in Singaporean-style schools in China
- The use of a flipped classroom approach for international students learning English as a second language
- How effective are mobile apps in Chinese education
- University students' view on formative assessment and feedback
External supervisor of a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde (Project title: “Development of learner autonomy in student-centred learning environments in engineering”)
My main teaching interest is Mathematics education and the use of Big Ideas in Mathematics teaching.
At present, I am involved in the delivery of the following courses:
- Mathematics Education (MEduc Year 3 and Year 4)
- Education in Practice (MEduc Year 5)
- PGDE Primary Mathematics
- PGDE Secondary Mathematics
I have also been involved in the delivery of these courses:
- What if...? (MEduc Year 2)
I am the course leader of the "Learning and Teaching in the Primary and Secondary Curriculum" PGDE course.
Academic and professional body membership
- SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy) (May 2018)
- 2008-2010 member of the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE)