Mary's main interest is in how people learn. She is researching into the effects of a cognitive acceleration program (CASE) on students, pupils and teachers, both the cognitive and affective domains. She is interested in what students and teachers think and understand about science, inquiry and engagement in science and using evidence to close the attainment gap. Current projects include investigating how informal science learning (outside the classroom) experiences can be used to support learning and why very able girls are underrepresented in Physics.
Mary has also been involved in research to explore and investigate students' attitudes towards science, gifted science students' passion for science, effects of a two year teacher professional development programme on students and teachers and teachers' understanding of educational neuroscience.