Mr Jamal Lahmar BSc (Hons), PGCE, MA, FHEA

Staff webpage photoMathematics Education & Research Methods Tutor
Quantitative Researcher


Tel:
(+44) (0)114 222 8140
Email: j.lahmar@sheffield.ac.uk
Room: 3.05


Research Interests

Research interests

Jamal's areas of interest are centred on statistical literacy education and, more broadly, research methods teaching. His MA dissertation focused on pre-university statistics courses to support students across a range of disciplines, building on his work as a statistics teacher. He is now undertaking a PhD study into the development of statistical literacy with pre-service teachers, considering developmental factors and pedagogical approaches, variations between subject domains and transfer of learning

Teaching: Research Methods

Following his research interests, Jamal teaches qualitative and quantitative research methods on the BA in Education, Culture and Childhood, MA in Education and MA in Educational Research. His taught programmes cover a broad range of research skills including computer-aided analysis using IBM SPSS. He also contributes to programmes across the school in matters related to research supervision and statistical skills.

Jamal also works for the Sheffield Q-step programme, supporting quantitative methods teaching across the Faculty of Social Science.

Quantitative Research

In addition to his experience as a teacher, Jamal is also a graduate of the University of Sheffield School of Mathematics and Statistics and has a keen interest in the application of quantitative methods in educational research. Jamal has worked on a number of research projects as a quantitative researcher including Professor Jackie Marsh’s “Technology and Play project”  and Dr Jools Page’s “Professional Love in Early Years study.”

Teaching

Teaching

Jamal also teaches on the Mathematics Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) and MA Applied Professional Studies in Education courses. He leads sessions exploring contemporary issues in mathematics education and teaching with digital technologies.

Prior to working in higher education, Jamal was a teacher of GCSE and A-level Mathematics and Learning Coordinator for A-level Statistics at a Sixth-Form College. Alongside his work as a teacher, Jamal also engaged in outreach work with secondary schools, supporting pupils to pursue mathematical courses post-16 and manage the transition to further study. He also has extensive experience of VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) development on the Moodle and Blackboard platforms.

Conferences and Presentations

Conferences and Presentations

Conferences and Presentations

7 September 2016, University of Sheffield. Paper: Integrating quantitative research methods and statistical literacy into your social science courses. Event: Teaching Excellence in the Social Sciences Conference 2016.

7 June 2016, University of Leeds. Paper: Reflecting on statistical literacy, quantitative methods and the contested role of quantitative research in education. Event: White Rose Social Science DTC, 10th Research Students’ Education Conference 2016.

2 June 2014, University of Sheffield. Paper: Teacher education and pedagogies for statistical literacy across the curriculum. Event: White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, Second Education Research Student Conference, 2-3 June, 2014.

13 June 2014, University of Southampton. Paper: Pedagogy for statistical literacy, teacher education in science, geography and mathematics. Event: British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) New Researchers' Day.

Publications

Billington, T., Williams, A., Abdi, M., LAHMAR, J. (2016). Evaluation of the Emotional Health Wellbeing Service for Schools. Sheffield City Council. Manuscript submitted for review.

Brooks, G. and LAHMAR, J. (2016). A statistical analysis of lifecourse and cohort factors in adult basic skills levels in England, with international comparisons, interpretation and policy implications: a review for the Go-Science/Foresight team at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. London: BEIS. Manuscript submitted for review.

Prieler, T., Payne, M. and LAHMAR, J. (2016). Nurturing Roma Pupils at Secondary School: A Longitudinal Study at Firth Park Academy, Sheffield. Manuscript in preparation.

Marsh, J., Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J.C., LAHMAR, J., Scott, F., Davenport, A., Davis, S., French, K., Piras, M., Thornhill, S., Robinson, P. and Winter, P. (2015a) Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre-Schoolers’ Use of Apps: Report for the Children’s Media Industry. Accessed at: www.techandplay.org.

Marsh, J., Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J.C., LAHMAR, J., Scott, F., Davenport, A., Davis, S., French, K., Piras, M., Thornhill, S., Robinson, P. and Winter, P. (2015b) Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre-Schoolers’ Use of Apps: Report for Parents. Accessed at: www.techandplay.org.

Marsh, J., Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J.C., LAHMAR, J., Scott, F., Davenport, A., Davis, S., French, K., Piras, M., Thornhill, S., Robinson, P. and Winter, P. (2015c) Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre-Schoolers’ Use of Apps: Report for Early Years Practitioners. Accessed at: www.techandplay.org.

Marsh, J., Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J.C., LAHMAR, J., Scott, F., Davenport, A., Davis, S., French, K., Piras, M., Thornhill, S., Robinson, P. and Winter, P. (2015d) Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre-Schoolers’ Use of Apps: Final Project Report. Accessed at: www.techandplay.org.

Marsh, J., Plowman, L., Yamada-Rice, D., Bishop, J., LAHMAR, J., Scott, F., Davenport, A., Davis, S., French, K., Piras, M., Robinson, P., Thornhill, S., Winter, P. (2015e) Exploring Play and Creativity in Pre- School Children’s Use of Apps. Policy Briefing. Accessed: http://www.techandplay.org 5.10 Non-Refereed Abstracts, Reports & other Publications – in Press

Lahmar, J. (2014). Statistical literacy in subjects other than mathematics: an exploratory case-study with pre-service science teachers. In G. Adams (Ed.), Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics, 34 (2).