CUREE – The benefits of – and approaches to – collaborative maths

How can collaboration and discussion in class improve the teaching and learning of mathematics?curee_logo

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?

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