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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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  Analysing proof-related competences in Estonian, Finnish and Swedish mathematics curricula-towards a framework of developmental proof
Many countries are revising their mathematics curriculum in order to elevate the role of proof and argumentation at all school levels and for all student groups. Yet, we have very little research on how proof-related...


  Enhancing mathematics communication using critical aspects and dimensions of variation
This article deals with two prominent topics in the field of mathematics education: the communication in mathematics and its teaching and learning and the continuous professional development of mathematics teachers. In this article, a framework...


  Mathematics anxiety and stereotype threat: shared mechanisms, negative consequences and promising interventions
Proficiency in mathematics is a major advantage in industrialised nations. Here we discuss several emotional impediments to mathematics achievement, namely mathematics anxiety and stereotype threat. Synthesising findings from empirical studies in the fields of cognitive,...


  Teaching the substitutive conception of the equals sign
A cumulative body of research has shown that children typically shift from an operational to a relational conception of the equals sign as they move through schooling. Jones (2008) argued that a truly relational conception...


  The effect of German and Turkish mathematics teachers' teaching experience on mathematics education values: a cross-comparative study
This study reported the specific findings of a larger comparative study concerning Turkish and German mathematics teachers’ values. The main focus was on the teaching experience of the mathematics teachers. Interactions related to nationality were...


  A response to the JMC Working Group Report "Digital technologies and mathematics education"
This paper uses the report from a working group of the Joint Mathematical Council of the United Kingdom (Digital technologies and mathematics education, Joint Mathematical Council 2011) as a framework for the latest in a...


  An organizer of mathematical statements for teachers: the six-cell matrix
Policy documents and researchers agree that proofs and proving should become common mathematical practice in school mathematics. Towards this end, teachers are encouraged to implement proving activities in their classrooms. This article suggests a tool...


  Children's understanding of probability: a literature review
In 2009, the Nuffield Foundation published ‘Key understandings in mathematics learning’, a review of the research literature on how children learn mathematics. Probability was not included in this earlier review and the charity decided to...
Bryant, Peter, Nunes, Terezinha, 2012
Published by Nuffield Foundation


  Class in the classroom: the relationship between school resources and math performance among low socioeconomic status students in 19 rich countries
This paper investigates achievement gaps between low and high socioeconomic students in 19 high-income countries. On average, math scores of students with indicators of high socioeconomic status (SES) are over one standard deviation above those...
Published in Education Economics


  Developing an online coding manual for The Knowledge Quartet: an international project
This paper provides an overview of the Knowledge Quartet, describes the working methods of an international research team that uses the Knowledge Quartet, and offers examples of classroom vignettes that exemplify two of the Knowledge...

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