You’re at work late on a Friday night. The clock reads 9:58pm, and you’ve just finished providing feedback for the very last of your students’ essays. In the corner of your office, you spot a leaning pile of uncollected assignments from... [...]
The SIG is linked to the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and aims to bring together researchers interested in a wide range of issues involving the teaching and learning of mathematics, both inside and outside of formal educational settings. Our intention is to be inclusive and accessible for all researchers, both new and experienced, encouraging them to work together to develop ideas and methodologies. The SIG aims to embrace an eclectic range of methodological and conceptual approaches to mathematics education research. It provides academics and practitioners working within the field with a mechanism for sharing research ideas and disseminating findings. The SIG importantly also provides the mathematics education community an opportunity for debate and networking at a national level. In recent years concerns have been raised in the UK about the state of mathematics education; official reports have made recommendations for improvement and national strategies have been implemented. Politically, we are at a critical point in the debate that will shape the structures that will frame the development of mathematics education over the next few years. It is essential that this debate is informed by a robust evidence base of research about the teaching and learning of mathematics. BSRLM has been a BERA Associated Society for many years, and it is clear that a stronger alliance between BSRLM and BERA benefits both societies, supports the strengthening of the evidence base and thus informs the debate.
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Promoting spatial ability skills through educational robotics: Are they equally effective for girls and boys?
Promoting spatial ability skills through educational robotics: Are they equally effective for girls and boys? Over the past few decades there has been a lively debate about the quality of educational research. Among extensive criticism, one... [...]
In 2020, the UK government will introduce a multiplication tables check for primary school children aged 8–9 in England. ‘Times tables’ are a contentious issue because they represent a lot of our ideas about what learning mathematics is. We... [...]
Every day, teachers face challenges with including students who are inactive participants in the classroom. Such challenges may involve social difficulties – such as shyness, disruptive behaviour or social exclusion by classmates – or lack of... [...]
The BERA Postgraduate Forum research symposium I attended provided me with the opportunity to present my work in a supportive and critically constructive environment, providing me with invaluable feedback and suggestions with regards to my next... [...]
How do we truly assess success and long-term achievement in learning: exams, or innovative contextualised creative assessment?
There is a continual debate and discussion about exams – whether it is standard attainment tests (SATs) at primary school or GCSEs and A-levels at secondary – and how effective they are not only at assessing but, more importantly, preparing a... [...]