Teachers and researchers have been concerned with how best to help pupils overcome their difficulties with mathematics for many years. This TLA research summary* describes an approach that has helped some teachers address these difficulties. The project used a student-centred, collaborative and discussion based method for learning, with some positive results.
The key questions which the research set out to answer were:
– How can we design teaching using lessons from other research, so mathematics learning becomes more effective?
– What effect do student-centred and collaborative learning approaches have on student learning and attitudes to
learning, and on teachers’ beliefs and practices?
– What tools can be used to encourage collaborative learning in mathematics classrooms?