The Project

M²EID: Mathematical Meta-level developments in English and Irish language Discourses.

M²EID is a mixed-methods study, comprising video-recorded observations, questionnaires and interviews. The study is being undertaken with first year, undergraduate students, who opt to study Mathematics through a bilingual approach (Irish and English) during their first year of undergraduate education. The project aims to evaluate whether differences in languages, and their use, by bilingual mathematical learners have a differential impact upon cognitive mathematical processing, when engaged in meta-level (conceptual) mathematical activity. This study is the first of kind to examine how bilingual learners utilise their languages when engaged in mathematical learning within a regular educational setting, and the potential impact of their language(s) on cognitive processing in such a setting.