Key understandings in mathematics learning

In 2007, the Nuffield Foundation commissioned a team from the University of Oxford to review the available research literature on how children learn mathematics. The resulting review is presented in a series of eight papers.

Papers 2 to 5 focus mainly on mathematics relevant to primary schools (pupils to age 11 years), while papers 6 and 7 consider aspects of mathematics in secondary schools.

The review is available to download in a number of different formats

Introduction

 

Introduction and summary of findings (171KB) 

171 KB

Summary of papers 1-7

 

Summary papers 

273KB

Individual papers in full

 

1: Overview

295KB

2: Understanding extensive quantities and whole numbers

326KB

3: Understanding rational numbers and intensive quantities

247KB

4: Understanding relations and their graphical representation

314KB

5: Understanding space and its representation in mathematics

338KB

6: Algebraic reasoning

292KB

7: Modelling, problem-solving and integrating concepts

283KB

8: Methodological appendix

161KB

Full review (all eight papers in full)

 

Full review (papers 1-8)

1507KB

 


 

Project details

 

Researcher

Professor Terezinha Nunes, Professor Peter Bryant and Professor Anne Watson, University of Oxford

Funding programme

Education

Grant amount and duration

£30,000
10 March 2008 - 9 October 2008

Related publications


'Key understanding in Learning Mathematics', Anne Watson, Scottish Mathematical Council Journal, May 2010

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