Iro Xenidou-Dervou

What does it mean to be research - or evidence - informed

Session Overview

In this session Iro will discuss what “research” and “evidence” mean and what reliable research evidence is.  Further, she will consider why and to what extent research evidence can inform teaching practice and illustrate some concrete examples of how research evidence can and cannot be used to inform practice. Lastly, she will provide some “tips” on how to identify relevant and reliable research evidence.

Short biography

Iro studied Psychology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and completed a Research MSc in Developmental Psychology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Following this, she completed her PhD titled “Setting the Foundations for Math Achievement: Working memory, Nonsymbolic and Symbolic Numerosity Processing” with Cum Laude distinction at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. After that, she took up a postdoctoral position with the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and the KU Leuven in Belgium.
She joined Loughborough University as a Lecturer at the end of 2015 and has been a Senior Lecturer of Mathematical Cognition and Statistics Education at the Department of Mathematics Education since 2020. She teaches modules on statistics and the psychology of learning. Broadly her research focuses on the cognitive underpinnings of mathematics learning and achievement. More specifically, in her research she examines how children’s and adults’ executive functions, the language(s) that they speak and their emotions (e.g., mathematics anxiety) influence their mathematics achievement and how the way a problem is presented influences maths performance.”