Part of the Outdoor and Experiential Learning Research Network 2014-15 seminar series, this seminar discusses the findings of the Everyday Maths project which was funded by the Nuffield Foundation and ran from January 2013 - September 2014.
The seminar is aimed at academics and PGCE/BEd students.
Research suggests that support from parents and/or carers can have a significant impact on children’s mathematics learning. However, whilst parents are motivated to help their children learn, they often have little confidence engaging with mathematics as presented in the school curriculum.
The research aimed to address this by moving beyond “school maths” toward a concept of “Everyday Maths”. Specifically, we designed and ran Everyday Maths workshops for parents of Year 3 and 4 children in four Bristol schools. The workshops were designed to help parents reflect upon and find the mathematics in their everyday lives, and support parents in developing conversations with their children around this form of mathematics.
The findings suggest that the workshops afforded parents
the opportunity to develop a “mathematical lens” which led them to identify the
mathematical reasoning underpinning decisions and actions in everyday life.
This inspired parents to initiate conversations with their children about
mathematics and construct activities which engaged children in mathematical
thinking. In the paper we detail key shifts in parental perspectives of
mathematics, including a shift in language (from “I can’t” to “we do”), a shift
in experience (from abstract to embodied and rooted in nature), and a shift
from desiring answers to finding questions.
Come and find out how parents can help children make sense of maths.
This seminar is preceded by the Outdoor and Experiential Research Network Christmas party at 4pm - join us for mince pies, wine and apple juice and a chat!
Email Sue Waite to confirm attendance for these events - there is no charge.