National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics Evidence Bulletin
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics is undertaking a year-long review of today’s attitudes, practices and influences across mathematics education.
NCETM commissioned Curee to write an evidence bulletin as part of a strategy to give teachers access to research that can inform their practice. The evidence bulletin is designed to summarise research in interesting ways at the same time as providing materials to support teachers who want to try out new methods. NCETM is also looking at ways of providing similar bulletins in the future.
In this evidence bulletin, the starting point is the set of principles for effective teaching of mathematics described in Improving Learning in Mathematics (DfES - now DCSF - Standards unit 2005):
The bulletin explores each principle by presenting summaries of research evidence, sometimes illustrated with case studies or combined with practical activities to help you to pinpoint the relevance and implications of the research and translate the findings into classroom practice.
- build on the knowledge learners bring to sessions
- expose and discuss misconceptions
- develop effective questioning
- use cooperative small group work
- emphasise methods rather than answers
- use rich, collaborative tasks
- create connections between mathematical topics
- use technology in appropriate ways
All the articles use research as a starting point, and generally the most recent evidence. Evidence from all phases and levels has been used: primary, secondary and post-16.
Full reference details are given, including weblinks where available, so that you can look up the original research for yourself, find supplementary resources and classroom activities.
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