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The Problem

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Created on 25 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 02 November 2010 by ncetm_administrator

The Problem


In English society today there persists an essentially negative set of attitudes towards Mathematics. These attitudes are reinforced through the media and despite the recent emphasis on positive portrayals of science and maths the same old remarks that imply it is somehow "cool" to say you are not good at maths persist.

Can we do anything about it?

Yes we can!

This site contains a range of materials designed to help raise awareness of the nature of people’s attitudes to Mathematics and to offer a range of interventions that can help people move on and think differently.

The key ideas that lie behind these materials are:

  • UK cultural attitudes to Mathematics are not universal – it is possible to think differently
  • The promotion of negative stereotypes of people who are good at Mathematics is an equal opportunities issue
  • Individuals’ attitudes to Mathematics are complex and need careful unpacking
  • Once people understand the nature of their attitudes they can be helped to move on
  • We can engage a range of local stakeholders in changing attitudes: children; fellow-teachers; parents; governors; business partners

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