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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...


  "It doesn't seem like work, it seems like good fun": perceptions of primary students on the use of Handheld Game Consoles in mathematics classes
A Chinese proverb suggests ‘Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.’ How to involve or engage today’s learner is at the forefront of much educational research...


  Affective tutoring systems in a learning social network
Knowledge societies also named learning social networks allow interaction and collaboration between individuals (instructors and students), who share their connections under a scheme of learning communities around common learning interest. In this paper, we present...


  Effectiveness measures for cross-sectional studies: a comparison of value-added models and contextualised attainment models
Educational effectiveness research often appeals to value-added models (VAM) to gauge the impact of schooling on student learning net of the effect of student background variables. A huge amount of cross-sectional studies do not, however,...


  Efficient and flexible strategy use on multi-digit sums: a choice/no-choice study
This study analysed children's use of mental computation strategies and standard written algorithms in the domain of multi-digit addition and subtraction, using the choice/no-choice method. Twenty-one Flemish fourth-graders (MAge=9y10m) solved problem-items that either stimulated the...


  Every Child Counts: testing policy effectiveness using a randomised controlled trial, designed, conducted and reported to CONSORT standards
We report a randomised controlled trial evaluation of an intensive one-to-one numeracy programme – Numbers Count – which formed part of the previous government's numeracy policy intervention – Every Child Counts. We rigorously designed and...


  Exploratory talk in mathematics: what are the benefits?
Using a range of qualitative and quantitative data collection techniques, this small-scale research study investigated whether encouraging the use of more exploratory talk in mathematics lessons could help improve understanding of mathematical concepts for a...
Published in Education 3-13


  Incorporating concept–based pedagogy into K–8 online mathematics tutorials
One of the primary goals of contemporary K–8 mathematics education is to have children gain a conceptual understanding of mathematics. Teachers and learners of mathematics need to develop content knowledge that includes meaning and clarifies...


  Preschool and primary school influences on the development of children's early numeracy skills between the ages of 3 and 7 years in Germany
Few studies have investigated how preschool and primary school interact to influence children's cognitive development. The present investigation explores German children's numeracy skills between age 3 (1st year of preschool) and age 7 (1st year...


  Self-efficacy beliefs in mathematics, native language literacy and foreign language amongst boys and girls with and without mathematic difficulties
The aim was to examine achievement and self-efficacy in mathematics and native and foreign language literacy in children with specific mathematic LD (MD-only), children with comorbid mathematic and reading difficulties (MD-RD), and compare them with...

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