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Learning from the classroom – Practitioner research in mathematics education

Maths SIG poster - July 2016Keynote speaker: Dr Alison Clark-Wilson (Institute of Education, University of London

Convenors: Dr Alf Coles (University of Bristol), Dr d’Reen Struthers (Institute of Education, University of London)

Recent national initiatives, such as the Maths Hubs, are promoting teacher research in mathematics education across primary and secondary sectors. This is in addition to more established routes for post-graduate and doctoral practitioner research.

The aim of this event is to provide a forum for practitioner researchers to meet and share their projects with a focus on broadening research skills to support systematic approaches. The day is organised and supported by BERA Special Interest Groups on Mathematics Education and Practitioner Research.

The day will begin with a keynote by Dr Alison Clarke-Wilson, who will report on key findings from the International Congress on Mathematics Education’s commissioned survey on Practitioner research around the world, in which she was involved.

The day will include a range of invited presentations by new and experienced practitioner researchers on a variety of themes related to mathematics education, which will be chaired to support focused discussions.

In addition there will be a choice of practical research methodology workshops, led by Alf Coles and d’Reen Struthers to explore the challenges faced by practitioner researchers, with an emphasis on methods of data collection and analysis that can lead to worthwhile conclusions on classroom practices.

Draft programme:

10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.30 Introduction and welcome
10.40 Keynote – Alison Clark-Wilson “Practitioner research around the world: Trends and outliers” (key findings from the International Congress on Mathematics Education’s commissioned survey)
  Research presentations 1
11.45 The enhancement of problem-solving skills among the students by means of ‘prompt’ videos

Andrew Stewart-Brown

Lessons from visually impaired children for low attainment groups

Oliver Loughreed

‘How might role play be significant in learning mathematics?’

Helen Williams

12.15 An investigation into studying behaviours of KS4 students when problem-solving in mathematics

Sam Haswell

The value of low stakes testing in the Mathematics classroom

Colleen Young

12.45 Lunch and refreshments
  Workshops: conducting practitioner-research
13.30 From Inquirer to Influencer – becoming a Research Mentor/Coach

d’Reen Struthers

Using video for classroom research

Alf Coles

Using a framework for analysis of classroom data

Charlotte Webb

  Research presentations 2
14.30 Practitioner Research: A practical, whole school approach

Claire Walker

Developing deeper understanding of maths by constructing a consistent imagery using Cuisenaire rods

Caroline Ainsworth and Liz Williams

15.00 Integrating Real-World Numeracy Applications and Modelling into Vocational Courses

Graham Hall

Still finger counting: the development of additive mental calculation strategies across KS2

Amy Porter

15.30 Tea and close
16.00 Close of meeting    


BERA offer a limited amount of bursaries for BERA Student Members only.

  • Bursaries are available for BERA Student Members to the value of £50 towards travel, and complimentary registration for the event.

To apply for one of these bursaries, please email with a 200 word statement on why you want to attend this event. Bursaries are offered on a first come, first served basis. Once approved you will be sent details of how to register online. Travel expenses will be reimbursed after the event in accordance with our travel policies. You must not have previously received bursary funding from BERA in the current year.