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Dr Marie Therese Farrugia
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Dr Marie Therese Farrugia


Senior Lecturer
Early Childhood and Primary Education
Faculty of Education
Room 237
Old Humanities Building (OH)
University of Malta
contact+356 2340 2933

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Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

  • Early Childhood and Primary Mathematics Education
  • Language in Mathematics Education
  • Bi/Multilingual contexts (mathematics education)

Selected Publications

Farrugia, M.T. 2017, "Bilingual classrooms in Malta: Teaching mathematics content and language.", Education et Societes Plurilingues, vol. 42, pp. 61--72.

Farrugia, M.T. 2017, "A case study on teaching mathematical langauge: an experience with 5-year-old children.", SAGE Research Methods Cases, [Online], .

Farrugia, M.T. 2017, "On semiotics and jumping frogs: The role of gesture in the teaching of subtraction.", For the Learning of Mathematics, vol. 37, no. 2, pp. 2--7.

Farrugia, M.T. 2015, "Creating a Maltese register for mathematics in Malta", Malta Review of Educational Research (Special Issue: Maltese Language Teaching), vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 79-- 97.

Farrugia, M.T. 2013, "
Moving from informal to formal mathematical language in Maltese classrooms.", International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. (Special Issue: Language Education in Malta)., vol. 16, no. 5, pp. 570-- 588.

Farrugia, M.T. 2009, "
Reflections on a medium of instruction policy for mathematics in Malta.

" in Multilingualism in Mathematics Classrooms: Global Perspectives., ed. R. Barwell, Multilingual Matters, Clevedon, pp. 97 - 112.

Farrugia, M.T. 2007, "
The use of a semiotic model to interpret meanings for multiplication and division. " in [peer-reviewed] Proceedings of the 5th Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (CERME5), University of Cyprus, Larnaca, Cyrpus, 22 - 26 February, 2007. (electronic publication), eds. D. Pitta-Pantazi & G. Philippou,.

Farrugia, M.T. 2007, "
The Use of English as a Medium of Instruction in Maltese Mathematics Classrooms: Continuing the Debate." in Faculty of Education 25th Anniversary Publication. Malta: University of Malta. (originally published in Journal of Maltese Education Research, 2003)., eds. P. Mayo & M. Darmanin,.

Farrugia, M.T. 2003, "
From One Language to Another: A Semiotic Interpretation of the Translation of Mathematical Words. " in Research in Mathematics Education Volume 5.
, eds. S. Pope & O. McNamara, BSRLM, London, pp. 31 - 44.

Farrugia, M.T. 2003, "
The Teaching and Learning of Primary Mathematics. " in Constructivist Teaching in Primary School: Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Design and Technology. Malta: Agenda. (Chapter later reproduced electronically as part of electronic publication by Bartolo, P., Janik, I., Janikova, V., Hofsass, T., Koinzer, P., Vilkeine, V., Calleja, C., Cefai, C., Chetcuti, D., Ale, P., Lous, A.M., Wetso, G., Humphrey, N. (2007) Responding to Student Diversity. Malta: University of Malta)., eds. S. Gatt & Y. Vella, Agenda, Malta.


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