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, teacher education and lesson study. Apart from his varied publications, Dr Buhagiar has participated in a number of EU-funded research projects. He is also a team member of 'Collaborative Lesson Study Malta' (CLeStuM), which is a teacher professional development programme based within the Faculty. Before joining the Faculty in 2008, he was a class teacher in a primary school and taught mathematics in a state secondary school and at the Junior College of the University of Malta.
  • Assessment
  • Mathematics Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Reflective Practice
  • Lesson Study

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., 2006. The classroom assessment cycle within the alternative assessment paradigm: exploring the role of the teacher. Journal of Maltese Education Research, 4(2), pp. 17-36.

BUHAGIAR, M.A., 2005. The evolving link between learning and assessment: from ‘transmission check’ to ‘learning support’. Symposia Melitensia, 2, pp. 45-56.

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
  • LLI5009 - Subject-based Pedagogy and Methodology
  • MSM5002 - Inquiry and Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom
  • MSM5004 - The Reflective Mathematics Teacher
  • MSM5005 - Personalising Learning in the Mathematics Classroom
Research Programme:

CLeStuM (2017-): Member of the teacher
professional development research
programme 'Collaborative Lesson Study
Malta' CLeStuM) (see www.clestum.eu). This
programme is housed within the Faculty of
Education, University of Malta.

Research Projects:

LS4VET (2020-2023): Member of the
University of Malta Project Team on the
EU-funded Erasmus+ KA2 research project
'Lesson Study for VET - Teachers'
Collaboration for Improving the Quality of
Vocational Education and Training'
(LS4VET) (see ls4vet.itstudy.hu).

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 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 inclusme-

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 tempus-

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

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 www.primas-project.eu/).