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Dr David Bolden

Associate Professor

Associate Professor in the School of Education


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.


Research interests

  • Mathematics Education
  • Teacher Epistemologies

Esteem Indicators

  • 2013: The British Society for Research into Learning of Mathematics: Member of BSRLM (The British Society for Research into Learning of Mathematics)
  • 2000: 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.


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