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Dr William Kitchen

General Information

Teaching Responsibilities

  • BEd (Post Primary): Mathematics, Years 1 and 2
  • BEd (Post Primary): Physics, Years 1-4
  • BEd: Computer Science, Years 1 and 2
  • Education Research Methods, Year 3
  • Numeracy across the curriculum, Years 1 and 2
  • Personal and Professional Learning: Differentiation & Behaviour Management, Year 2
  • Personal Numeracy (Primary), Year 3
  • Dissertation Supervision, Year 4
  • Mathematics Project Supervision, Year 3
  • MTeach, Postgraduate, Educational Underachievement

External Interests / Community Service

  • Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

Research Interests

  • Mathematics Education
  • Educational Underachievement
  • Educational Philosophy, in particular Wittgenstein’s philosophy and its application to education
  • Applying scientific philosophy to education
  • Educational Neuroscience
  • Myth Busting in Education
  • Educational politics
  • Educational Research Methods

Background & Qualifications

  • 2018-present: Lecturer, Stranmillis University College
  • 2016-2018: Teacher of Mathematics, Belfast Boys’ Model School, Post-Primary, 11-19
  • 2015:  Ph.D Awarded, The Queen’s University of Belfast
  • 2012-2015: Fully funded, full-time Doctoral Researcher, The Queen’s University of Belfast
  • 2011-2015: Teacher of Mathematics in various post-primary schools in Northern Ireland in a temporary capacity.
  • 2010-2011: Completed P.G.C.E. in Mathematics with ICT at The Queen’s University of Belfast.
  • 2006-2010: Completed MSci in Mathematics, awarded with First Class Honours from The Queen’s University of Belfast. Specialism in Pure Mathematics.

Research & Scholarship

Journal Articles

Kitchen, W. H. (2020, forthcoming). The Pseudoscience of Learning: Learning Styles and Growth Mindset.

Kitchen, W. H. (2020, forthcoming). Neuroscience and the Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Kitchen, W. H. (2020, forthcoming). Constructivism, Progressivism, Assessment for Learning, and Thinking Skills: Lesson from Project Follow Through for the Revised Northern Ireland Curriculum.

Kitchen, W. H. (2019). ‘Wittgensteinian Pedagogy for Mathematics.’ The Philosophy of Mathematics Education Journal, No. 35 (December 2019), available online at: https://bit.ly/3a0xDdt 


Kitchen, W. H. (2020, forthcoming). The Pseudoscience of Learning. London: Routledge

Kitchen, W. H. (2017). Philosophical Reflections on Neuroscience and Education. London: Bloomsbury

Kitchen, W. H. (2014). Authority and the Teacher. London: Bloomsbury

Doctoral Thesis

Kitchen, W. H. (2015). Philosophical Reflections on the Mind, the Brain, and Education. Ph.D Thesis, submitted to The Queen’s University of Belfast. DEL award.

Conference proceedings and papers

Kitchen, W. H. (2019). “The challenge of progressive ideology and constructivist theory for educational leadership”. Paper presented at SCoTENS conference, Ireland.

Kitchen, W. H. (2016). “Educational Neuroscience: avoiding the myths, and refocusing on good practice”. Invited Keynote Address, University of Boras, Sweden.

Kitchen, W. H. (2015). “Wittgenstein and Education”. Invited Keynote Speaker, British Wittgensteinian Society, University of Exeter.