Children, maths and understanding: Annual Psychology Lecture About the university

Professor Terezinha NunesHow children use mathematics to understand the world around them is the topic of this year's Annual Psychology Lecture at the University of Greenwich.

The lecture by Terezinha Nunes, Professor of Educational Studies and a Fellow of Harris-Manchester College, University of Oxford, takes place on Thursday 20 March and all are welcome to attend.

Professor Nunes' research spans the areas of children's literacy and numeracy, including both hearing and deaf children's learning. She says: "In my talk I'll suggest that mathematics is a form of knowledge that should be available to everyone. The teaching of mathematics must be culturally sensitive, while at the same time focusing on universal concepts such as quantities."

Her work on "street mathematics" in Brazil has uncovered many features of children's and adults' informal knowledge, and her subsequent work in the UK has investigated how this can be used in education. Her literacy research focuses on the connections between morphological awareness, spelling and vocabulary growth.

She started her career as a clinical psychologist in Brazil and moved to a research career by obtaining a doctorate in Psychology at City University of New York, where she was supported by a Fulbright Scholarship.

The lecture, How Children use Mathematics to Understand the World, takes place between 5pm and 6pm in QA065, Queen Anne Court, at the Greenwich Campus.

To book a place, or for further information, please contact Rebecca Obasanjo, in the university's Faculty of Education & Health, at or on 020 8331 8089.

To find out about studying Psychology at the University of Greenwich:, email or call 020 8331 9000.

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