### Biography

Olivia originally trained as a physical education and mathematics teacher at UL, and taught at secondary school for a number of years before returning to full time education. She completed a higher diploma in pure mathematics at Maynooth University before returning to UL to complete her PhD in mathematics education. Olivia is a lecturer in mathematics education on the Physical Education and PME in Mathematics Teaching programmes. She is also director of the Mathematics Learning Centre in UL.

### Research Interests

Olivia's research focuses mainly on preservice teachers' conceptual understanding of mathematics and effective practices in mathematics learning support.** **

### Teaching Interests

Olivia lectures on both the undergraduate and postgraduate mathematics teacher education programmes in UL. She lectures pure mathematics (number theory and group theory) and mathematics education modules.** **

### Research Collaborators

- James Freemyer - Joint Publication - Indiana Wesleyan University -USA
- Mairead Greene - Joint Publication - Rockhurst University -USA

### Publications

#### Peer Reviewed Journals

Crossing' the equals sign: Insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations

Fitzmaurice, O., O'Meara, N., Johnson, P. & Lacey, S.

(2018)
Crossing' the equals sign: Insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations

* In Asia Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1539216

Crossing the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations

Fitzmaurice, O., O'Meara, N., Johnson, P., & Lacey S.

(2018)
Crossing the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations

* In Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;*

`Crossing' the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations

Fitzmaurice O.;O'Meara N.;Johnson P.;Lacey S.

(2018)
`Crossing' the equals sign: insights into pre-service teachers' understanding of linear equations

* In Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/1359866X.2018.1539216

What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study

Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O. and O'Donoghue, J.

(2017)
What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study

* In Irish Educational Studies;*

What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study

Walsh, R,Fitzmaurice, O,O'Donoghue, J

(2017)
What Subject Matter Knowledge do second-level teachers need to know to teach trigonometry? An exploration and case study

* In Irish Educational Studies;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/03323315.2017.1327361

Old Habits Die Hard: An uphill struggle against rules without reason

O'Meara, N. , Fitzmaurice, O. & Johnson, P.

(2017)
Old Habits Die Hard: An uphill struggle against rules without reason

Preparing Tutors for Mathematics Learning Support

Fitzmaurice, O., Cronin, A., Ni Fhloinn, E., O'Sullivan, C. and Walsh, R.

(2016)
Preparing Tutors for Mathematics Learning Support

* In MSOR Connections;*

Student perception of the impact of mathematics support in higher education

Ní Fhloinn E.;Fitzmaurice O.;Mac an Bhaird C.;O’Sullivan C.

(2014)
Student perception of the impact of mathematics support in higher education

* In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/0020739X.2014.892161

The role of prior mathematical experience in predicting mathematics performance in higher education

Faulkner F.;Hannigan A.;Fitzmaurice O.

(2014)
The role of prior mathematical experience in predicting mathematics performance in higher education

* In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/0020739X.2013.868539

'Ours is not to reason why, just invert and multiply': an insight into Irish prospective secondary teachers' conceptual understanding of the division of fractions

Slattery, J,Fitzmaurice, O

(2014)
'Ours is not to reason why, just invert and multiply': an insight into Irish prospective secondary teachers' conceptual understanding of the division of fractions

* In Irish Educational Studies;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/03323315.2014.982346

Mathematical Thinking: Challenging prospective teachers to do more than talk the talk.

Prendergast, M, Johnson, P. Fitzmaurice, O., Liston, M., O'Keeffe, L. & O'Meara, N..

(2014)
Mathematical Thinking: Challenging prospective teachers to do more than talk the talk.

* In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/0020739X.2013.868538

If you're doubting yourself then, what's the fun in that? An exploration of why prospective secondary mathematics teachers perceive statistics as difficult

Leavy A.;Hannigan A.;Fitzmaurice O.

(2013)
If you're doubting yourself then, what's the fun in that? An exploration of why prospective secondary mathematics teachers perceive statistics as difficult

* In Journal Of Statistics Education;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/10691898.2013.11889684

Student non-engagement with mathematics learning supports

An Bhaird C.;Fitzmaurice O.;Nífhloinn E.;O'sullivan C.

(2013)
Student non-engagement with mathematics learning supports

* In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;*

**DOI:** 10.1093/teamat/hrt018

Why is statistics perceived as difficult and can practice during training change perceptions? Insights from a prospective mathematics teacher

Fitzmaurice O.;Leavy A.;Hannigan A.

(2013)
Why is statistics perceived as difficult and can practice during training change perceptions? Insights from a prospective mathematics teacher

* In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;*

**DOI:** 10.1093/teamat/hru010

An investigation of prospective secondary mathematics teachers' conceptual knowledge of and attitudes towards statistics

Hannigan A.;Gill O.;Leavy A.

(2013)
An investigation of prospective secondary mathematics teachers' conceptual knowledge of and attitudes towards statistics

* In Journal Of Mathematics Teacher Education;*

**DOI:** 10.1007/s10857-013-9246-3

An innovative approach to evaluating the university of Limerick's mathematics learning centre

Carroll C.;Gill O.

(2012)
An innovative approach to evaluating the university of Limerick's mathematics learning centre

* In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;*

**DOI:** 10.1093/teamat/hrs008

Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts

Loch B.;Gill O.;Croft A.

(2011)
Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts

* In Anziam Journal;*

Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts

Loch, B,Gill, O,Croft, AC

(2011)
Complementing mathematics support with online MathsCasts

* In Anziam Journal;*

Trends in the mathematical competency of university entrants in Ireland by leaving certificate mathematics grade

Faulkner F., Hannigan A., Gill O.

(2010)
Trends in the mathematical competency of university entrants in Ireland by leaving certificate mathematics grade

* In Teaching Mathematics And Its Applications;*

**DOI:** 10.1093/teamat/hrq002

Trends in performance of science and technology students (1997-2008) in Ireland

Gill O., O'Donoghue J., Faulkner F., Hannigan A.

(2010)
Trends in performance of science and technology students (1997-2008) in Ireland

* In International Journal Of Mathematical Education In Science And Technology;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/00207390903477426

#### Conference Publications

24th ICMI Study Group Meeting on School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities

O'Meara, N., Fitzmaurice, O., Johnson, P., Prendergast, M., and Freemyer, J.

(2018)
24th ICMI Study Group Meeting on School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities

Tsukuba, Japan

British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) Day Conference

Ryan, M.., Fitzmaurice, O., and Johnson, P.

(2018)
British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) Day Conference

London, England

Adults Learning Mathematics 25th Annual Conference (ALM-25)

Ryan, M., Fitzmaurice, O., and Johnson, P.

(2018)
Adults Learning Mathematics 25th Annual Conference (ALM-25)

London, England

Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)

Ryan, M., Fitzmaurice O., and Johnson, P.

(2018)
Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI)

Dublin, Ireland

The 42nd Annual ATEE Conference

Freemyer, J., Johnson, P. and Fitzmaurice, O.

(2017)
The 42nd Annual ATEE Conference

Dubrovnik, Croatia

18th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association

Freemyer, J., Johnson, P., and Fitzmaurice, O

(2016)
18th Annual Global Conference of the International Leadership Association

Atlanta, Georgia

13th International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME)

Fitzmaurice, O., Johnson, P., O'Meara, N., and Lacey, S.

(2016)
13th International Congress of Mathematics Education (ICME)

Hamburg, Germany

Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) 38

O'Keeffe, L., Fitzmaurice, O. and Johnson, P.

(2015)
Mathematics Education Research Group of Australasia (MERGA) 38

Brisbane, Australia

Educational Studies Association of Ireland

Liston, M., Fitzmaurice, O., Johnson, P., O'Meara, N., O'Keeffe, L. and Prendergast, M.

(2013)
Educational Studies Association of Ireland

Limerick, Ireland

THE CHANGING PROFILE OF THIRD LEVEL SERVICE MATHEMATICS IN IRELAND (1997-2010)

Faulkner, F,Hannigan, A,Gill, O,Pytlak, M,Rowland, T,Swoboda, E

(2011)
THE CHANGING PROFILE OF THIRD LEVEL SERVICE MATHEMATICS IN IRELAND (1997-2010)

* In Proceedings Of The Seventh Congress Of The European Society For Research In Mathematics Education (Cerme 7);*

THE ROLE OF VIDEO-BASED EXPERIENCES IN THE TEACHER EDUCATION OF PRE-SERVICE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS

Liston, M,Gill, O,Pytlak, M,Rowland, T,Swoboda, E

(2011)
THE ROLE OF VIDEO-BASED EXPERIENCES IN THE TEACHER EDUCATION OF PRE-SERVICE MATHEMATICS TEACHERS

* In Proceedings Of The Seventh Congress Of The European Society For Research In Mathematics Education (Cerme 7);*

Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum

Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue

(2006)
Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum

*(Ed.)

Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum

Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue

(2006)
Thirteenth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum

*(Ed.)

First International Conference on Research in Mathematics Education

Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue

(2005)
First International Conference on Research in Mathematics Education

Close, S., Dooley, T. and D. Corcoran(Ed.)

Twelveth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics ¿V A Research Forum

Gill, O. and J. O'Donoghue

(2005)
Twelveth International Conference of Adults Learning Mathematics ¿V A Research Forum

*(Ed.)

#### Conference Contributions

13th International Congress on Mathematical Education

Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O., O'Donoghue, J.

(2016)
13th International Congress on Mathematical Education

Hamburg, Germany

Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) 22

Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O.

(2015)
Adults Learning Mathematics (ALM) 22

Alexandria, VA, USA

6th Teaching and Learning Day: Improving Retention by Identifying and Supporting At-Risk Students

Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O.

(2015)
6th Teaching and Learning Day: Improving Retention by Identifying and Supporting At-Risk Students

University of Limerick

PechaKucha Seminar

Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O., O'Donoghue, J.

(2015)
PechaKucha Seminar

EPISTEM, University of Limerick

NUI Galway - UL Alliance Engineering, Informatics and Science Research Day 2013

Walsh, R., Fitzmaurice, O.

(2013)
NUI Galway - UL Alliance Engineering, Informatics and Science Research Day 2013

NUI Galway

#### Reviewss

A comparison of the mathematical performance of mature students and traditional students over a 10-year period

Faulkner, F,Fitzmaurice, O,Hannigan, A

(2016)
A comparison of the mathematical performance of mature students and traditional students over a 10-year period

* In Irish Educational Studies;*

**DOI:** 10.1080/03323315.2016.1229208

#### Other Items Published

Mathematics Support for Adult Learners

Gill, O; O'Donoghue, J

(2006)
Mathematics Support for Adult Learners

* In American Journal Of Tropical Medicine And Hygiene;*

What Counts as Service Mathematics Teaching in Irish Universities

Gill, O

(2005)
What Counts as Service Mathematics Teaching in Irish Universities

Analysis of Leaving Certificate Mathematics as Preparation for Service Mathematics Courses in UL

Gill, O; O'Donoghue, J

(2005)
Analysis of Leaving Certificate Mathematics as Preparation for Service Mathematics Courses in UL

* In American Journal Of Tropical Medicine And Hygiene;*

An Irish Perspective on the 'Mathematics Problem'

Gill, O; O'Donoghue, J

(2004)
An Irish Perspective on the 'Mathematics Problem'

* In American Journal Of Tropical Medicine And Hygiene;*