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Research Gateway

Welcome to the Research Gateway where you can search reports, articles and research papers from the British Education Index, specifically selected for the NCETM.
Often these are available free of charge, and if so, a download icon () indicates that the item can be immediately downloaded. Alternatively there may be a charge to access certain items.

At the heart of mathematics education is teaching and learning and, as professionals, we strive to develop and improve our practice by increasing our associated knowledge and understanding. One way to achieve this is by reading about what others have learned and there is a vast literature "out there" that is not always easily accessible to practitioners, a problem that the Research Gateway aims to remedy.

Some hints on searching the Research Gateway

If you know what you are looking for, using an author's last name or a keyword from the title will normally locate it quickly. Don't be too specific at this stage as a typing error or different spelling may result in an unsuccessful search. If you are searching for reports, articles or research papers about a specific topic, it is helpful to consider a few related key words before you start. Mathematics topics such as fractions or ratios are fairly obvious but if you are searching for a pedagogical consideration such as questioning it might be better to think about a broader keyword such as formative assessment first.You can also access records which require subscription.

Although the free items are obviously worth looking at first, don't dismiss those that you need to pay for! Anyone who is registered with a UK University may have free access to these through their library and it is possible to request copies from the British Library through your local library at much lower cost than that of the publisher.

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  "Give me a lesson and I’ll deliver it": Teaching Assistants’ experiences of leading primary mathematics lessons in England
Teaching Assistants (TAs) in primary schools in England have a growing pedagogic role. For some, this sometimes includes responsibility for the whole class instead of the teacher. This article draws on 24 interview transcripts to...

  Teaching assistants and intervention programmes in primary mathematics
This paper explores the experiences and views of teaching assistants in mainstream primary schools who are assigned to work with individuals or small groups using structured mathematics interventions. The focus is mainly on whether assistants...

  Teaching assistants’ roles in daily mathematics lessons
Background: The increasing numbers of teaching assistants (TAs) and their widening role in English primary classrooms is part of wider international developments. Several large quantitative studies have been influential in shaping debate, but little qualitative...
Published in Educational Research

  "I can be quite intuitive": teaching assistants on how they support primary mathematics
This paper draws from on-going research investigating the views of teaching assistants on how they impact on pupils’ progress, focusing particularly on how they work with pupils in mathematics and English. Proceedings of the British...

  Conducting task-based interviews with pairs of children: consensus, conflict, knowledge construction and turn taking
This article explores theoretical and methodological issues associated with task-based interviews conducted with pairs of children. We explore different approaches to interviews from sociological, psychological and subject-based perspectives. Our interviews, concerning mathematical questions and carried...

  Consulting pupils about mathematics: a straightforward questionnaire?
This paper reflects on experiences of working with staff of a primary school to ascertain pupil views of mathematics with a focus on methodological issues. Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics...

  Paired interviews in mathematics education
Paper presented at the Proceedings of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics day conference held at Sheffield Hallam University, 16 June 2007

  The views of older adults on school mathematics past and present
This paper considers issues in the teaching of mathematics from the point of view of a group of people aged 75 and over, drawing on written accounts of their use of and attitude to mathematics....

  Giving examples and making general statements: "two odds always make an even (in maths)"
This paper considers pupils’ written answers to a two part question in the context of a project that aims to establish how 11-year-olds respond to tasks designed to show evidence of early algebraic thinking. Paper...

  Sum and difference problems at Key Stage 2
Paper presented at the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics day conference held at the University of Leeds, 12 June 2004

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