Academic research, teaching & consultancy – mathematics education and inclusion


I am an academic working in the areas of mathematics education and inclusion, with a particular interest in the intersection of these two fields – inclusive mathematics education. My overall aim for some 25 years has been to make education more accessible and relevant for all, but particularly for disabled, neurodiverse, and otherwise disadvantaged young people and adults.

I currently specialise in qualitative research and have particular experience with multimodal data and microanalytic methods. A main research focus has been the creative and diverse representational strategies and reasoning of those who struggle with ‘traditional’ teaching and ‘typical’ ways of communicating. I am currently a Lecturer in Mathematics Education at King’s College London. I am active in various Diversity & Inclusion movements, and provide training and consultancy in inclusive education. Prior to my academic career, I spent 10 years as a classroom teacher at various secondary schools in London, including in the role Head of Mathematics (and one of the founder staff) of a specialist school for pupils with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties.


Please access via publishers’ links below. If this is not possible, I can provide eprints (if available) or author manuscripts on request.

Journal articles

(2017). ‘Low-attaining students’ representational strategies: tasks, time, efficiency and economy’. Oxford Review of Education. (Please go to publisher’s version linked above if possible; however, if not, an author manuscript is also available – pdf, 22 pages)

(2017). ‘Between Counting and Multiplication: Low-Attaining Students’ Spatial Structuring, Enumeration and Errors in Concretely-Presented 3D Array Tasks’. Mathematical Thinking and Learning, 19(2), 95–114. (Please go to publisher’s version linked above if possible; however, if not, an author manuscript is also available – pdf, 43 pages)

(2009) ‘Drawing, modelling and gesture in students’ solutions to a Cartesian product problem’. Educate~, Kaleidoscope Special Issue, p.21-36. (pdf, 16 pages)

Book chapters

Finesilver, C., Healy, L., & Bauer, A. (accepted) Supporting diverse approaches to meaningful mathematics: from obstacles to opportunities. In Y.P. Xin, R. Tzur & H. Thouless (Eds.), Enabling Mathematics Learning of Struggling Students: International Perspectives. New York: Springer.

Finesilver, C., Leigh, J., & Brown, N. (2020) ‘Invisible disability: unacknowledged diversity’. In N. Brown & J. Leigh (Eds.) Ableism in Academia. London: UCL Press.

(2018). ‘Inclusion: individual differences, disabilities and Special Educational Needs’. In M. Maguire et al (Eds.), Becoming a teacher: issues in secondary education (5th ed.). Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education (UK).

Finesilver, C. & Rodd, M. (2016) ‘Inclusion in practice: special needs pupils in mainstream mathematics’ in Johnston-Wilder, S., Pimm, D. & Lee, C. eds.
Learning to Teach Mathematics in the Secondary School: a Companion to School Experience (4th ed.). London: Routledge. (Google Books link)

Conference proceedings

(2019). ‘Learning to ‘deal’: A microgenetic case study of a struggling student’s representational strategies for partitive division’. In Proceedings of the Eleventh Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Utrecht, Netherlands: Utrecht University and ERME.

(2019). ‘Pre-service secondary mathematics teachers’ attitudes and knowledge regarding inclusion and SEN/D’. In Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (Vol. 38(3)). London.

(2017). ‘Emerging and developing multiplicative structure in low-attaining students’ representational strategies: Four key representation types’. In Proceedings of the Tenth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education. Dublin, Republic of Ireland: Dublin City University and ERME.

(2015) ‘Spatial structuring, enumeration and errors of S.E.N. students working with 3D arrays’. In Proceedings of the Ninth Congress of the European Society for Research in Mathematics Education (pp. 252–258). Prague, Czech Republic: Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Education and ERME. (pdf, 10 pages)


(2014) ‘Drawing division: Emerging and developing multiplicative structure in low-attaining students’ representational strategies’. London: Institute of Education (PhD thesis). (pdf, 361 pages)

(2008) ‘My Music: a mathematical investigation’ – a project for use in secondary schools, funded by the DfES and Bowland Trust. The full project including software and all support materials is available from the Bowland Mathematics website.

(2005) ‘More to a game than meets the eye’. Equals, 11 (1), p.17-19. (pdf, 5 pages)