Dr Michael A Buhagiar

Dr Michael A Buhagiar

Dr Michael A Buhagiar


Senior Lecturer

Room 205
Guzè Cassar Pullicino Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 3374
Michael A. Buhagiar is a senior lecturer in mathematics education at the Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta. His main lecturing and research area is educational assessment, especially in relation to the mathematics classroom. His other research interests include reflective practice, inquiry-based learning and teacher education. Apart from his varied publications, Dr Buhagiar has participated in a number of EU-funded research projects that seek to improve, among other things, the teaching and learning of Mathematics across Europe. Before joining the Faculty in 2008, he was a class teacher in a primary school and taught Mathematics in a secondary school and at the Junior College of the University of Malta.
  • Assessment
  • Mathematics Education
  • Teacher Education

BUHAGIAR, M.A., 2018. The Mathematics Teacher who became a Promoter of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Story of Teacher Change. Malta Review of Educational Research, 12(1), pp. 31-61.

BUHAGIAR, M.A., FARRUGIA, M.T. and BEZZINA, L., eds, 2018. 'Mathematics Education in Malta' [Special Issue of Malta Review of Educational Research, Vol. 12(1)]. Malta: Faculty of Education, University of Malta.

CHETCUTI, D.A., BUHAGIAR, M.A. and MUSUMECI, M.M., eds, 2018. Frank Ventura: Reaching for the Stars with a Passion for Science and Education. 1st edn. Malta: Faculty of Education, University of Malta.

SCERRI, M., BUHAGIAR, M.A. and GAUCI, P., 2017. A Revision Guide to Pure Mathematics at Intermediate Level. new edn. Malta: Agenda.

BUHAGIAR, M.A. and ATTARD TONNA, M., 2015. School-Based Mentoring in Initial Teacher Education: The Exploratory Phase. 1st edn. Malta: Faculty of Education, University of Malta.

CAMENZULI, J. and BUHAGIAR, M.A., 2014. Using inquiry-based learning to support the mathematical learning of students with SEBD. The International Journal of Emotional Education, 6(2), pp. 69-85.

CHETCUTI, D.A. and BUHAGIAR, M.A., 2014. Assessing the field placement in initial teacher education: finding the balance between formative and summative assessment. Problems of Education in the 21st Century, 58, pp. 39-52.

BUHAGIAR, M.A., 2013. Mathematics student teachers' views on tutor feedback during teaching practice. European Journal of Teacher Education, 36(1), pp. 55-67.

BUHAGIAR, M.A. and CHETCUTI, D.A., 2013. The private tuition phenomenon in Malta: moving toward a fairer education system. In: M. BRAY, A.E. MAZAWI and R.G. SULTANA, eds, Private Tutoring across the Mediterranean: Power Dynamics and Implications for Learning and Equity. 1st edn. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers, pp. 129-149.

BUHAGIAR, M.A. and TANTI, M.B., 2011. Working toward the inclusion of blind students in Malta: the case of mathematics classrooms. Journal of Theory and Practice in Education, 7(1), pp. 59-78.

CHETCUTI, D., BUHAGIAR, M.A. and CARDONA, A., 2011. The Professional Development Portfolio: learning through reflection in the first year of teaching. Reflective Practice, 12(1), pp. 61-72.

BUHAGIAR, M.A. and MURPHY, R., 2008. Teachers’ assessments of students’ learning of mathematics. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 15(2), pp. 169-182.

BUHAGIAR, M.A., 2007. Classroom assessment within the alternative assessment paradigm: revisiting the territory. The Curriculum Journal, 18(1), pp. 39-56.

BUHAGIAR, M.A., 2004. ‘How appropriate is this task for my class?’ Exploring teachers’ classroom decision-making processes as they waver between ‘practical’ and ‘ideal’ positions. Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies, 9(2), pp. 83-108.

  • EDS5001 - Themes in Education 1
  • LLI5002 - Field Placement 2
  • MSM5005 - Personalising Learning in the Mathematics Classroom
  • MSM5006 - Implementing Assessment for Learning in the Mathematics Classroom
Research Projects:

CLeStuM (2017-): Member of the research project 'Collaborative Lesson Study Malta' CLeStuM) (see www.clestum.eu). This project is funded by the Faculty of Education, University of Malta, and the Directorate for Quality and Standards in Education, Malta.

MaSDiV (2017-2020): Member of the University of Malta Project Team on the EU-funded Erasmus+ research project (E17FE10-01) 'Supporting Mathematics and Science Teachers in Addressing Diversity and Promoting Fundamental Values' (MaSDiV). (see http://masdiv-project.eu/).

IncluSMe (2016-2019): Member of the University of Malta Project Team on the EU-funded Erasmus+ research project (E16FE98-01) 'Intercultural Learning in Mathematics and Science Initial Teacher Education' (IncluSMe) (see http://inclusme-project.eu/).

CDFE (2013-2015): Member of the University of Malta Project Team on the EU-funded Tempus IV research project (E12FE65-01) 'Capacity Development of Faculties of Education in International Approaches to Teacher Education' (CDFE) (see http://tempus-cdfe.com/).

SForD-TP (2013-2014): Coordinator of the research project 'Strengthening the Formative Dimension of Teaching Practice through School-based Mentoring' (SForD-TP).

PRIMAS (2010-2013): Member of the University of Malta Project Team on the EU-funded FP7 research project (E09FE41-01) 'Promoting Inquiry in Mathematics and Science Education across Europe' (PRIMAS) (see http://www.primas-project.eu/).