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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Dr David Bolden

Associate Professor in the School of Education

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Dr David Bolden is a Lecturer in Mathematics Education in the School of Education at Durham University. After earning his first degree from Newcastle University he went on to teach and obtain an MSc in Social Research. In 1999 he took up a research post at the University of Northumbria where he stayed for six years, primarily conducting evaluation research and lecturing on ITE programmes. While at Northumbria, he completed his doctoral thesis at Durham University, focusing on primary teachers’ epistemological views of mathematics. He moved to Durham University’s School of Education in 2006, where he teaches on the BA Primary Education, PGCE Primary Education and the MSc Mathematics Education courses. His research interests include, and he has published in the areas of, creativity in mathematics, the use of representations in developing confidence and understanding in mathematics and teacher epistemologies (particularly in relation to primary mathematics).

He is currently working on a Nuffield Foundation-funded project investigating the use of visual representations in the primary mathematics classroom. 

He is also a member of the Physical Activity and Wellbeing in Schools research project . David would welcome enquiries from research students interested in any of the above research areas.


Indicators of Esteem

  • 2013: The British Society for Research into Learning of Mathematics: Member of BSRLM (The British Society for Research into Learning of Mathematics)
  • Online Resource:

    Some of my published research is being used by NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics) as an online resource for other teachers in schools. The paper, co-authored with Tony Harries and Doug Newton, on pre-service teachers conceptions of creativity in mathematics forms the basis of an online training module for other teachers. It can be viewed by following the links: then Accessing Research then Research Study Modules then choosing the David. S. Bolden et al module.


Research Interests

  • Mathematics Education
  • Teacher Epistemologies

Research Groups

Research Projects

Selected Publications

Journal Article

Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Thompson L. & Bolden D. (2017). Writing in Mathematics. In Inviting Writing: Teaching and Learning Writing Across the Primary Curriculum. Bushnell A. & Waugh D. London: Sage. 32-48.
  • Bolden, D.S. (2012). Creativity in mathematics. In Creativity for a New Curriculum: 5-11. Newton, L.D. Routledge: London.
  • Tan, M., Aljughaiman, A., Elliott, J.G., Kornilov, S.A., Ferrando Prieto, M., Bolden, D.S., Adams-Shearer, K., Chart, H.E., Newman, T., Jarvin, L., Sternberg, R.J. & Girgorenko, E.L. (2009). Considering Language and Culture: The international translation and adaptation of the Aurora Assessment Battery. In Assessment of Abilities and Competencies in the Era of Globalization. Grigorenko, E. New York: Springer.


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