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Dr. Barbara Allen
Dr Barbara Allen
Post:Senior Lecturer
Department:Mathematics And Statistics
E-Mail:barbara.allen @
Tel:+44 (0)1908 274066
Fax:01908 652140

Barbara Allen is the Director of the Centre for Mathematics Education (CME). She is also the Director of the Open University Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme (MaST).

Her background is in middle school teaching where she developed a concern about the under achievement of girls.

Her current research interests include pupils' perceptions of their lives in mathematics classrooms and the professional development of mathematics teachers.

She has written on a variety of courses at the Open University including Passport to Mathematics and Breakthrough to Mathematics, Science and Technology. More recently she developed the materials for the MaST programme.

Barbara is a member of the Outer Circle of the Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education (ACME).

She is the co-author of a series of children’s science adventure stories called The Spark Files. Barbara is the creator and author of The Mudds, a science series of 21 radio programmes for CBeebies which in 2009 won Silver Medal in the New York Festivals Radio Programming and Promotion Awards.


  • Professional development for primary teachers – the impact of OU courses on subject knowledge and pedagogy.
  • Primary teachers views of mathematics – changing perceptions of mathematics through professional development.
  • Pupils’ perspectives on learning mathematics - the effects of personal authority and community on the learning of middle school pupils.
  • Attitudes to Learning and Teaching Mathematics - comparison of pupils’, trainee teachers’ and teachers’ perspective on teaching and learning mathematics.


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