BSRLM Working Groups
BSRLM Sustainability and Mathematics Education
Although close to the end of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), there seems to be wide variation in the extent and nature of action on sustainability issues in Higher Education Institutions. In schools, too, some communities have made major shifts in practice whilst others have different priorities. The coalition government has introduced changes of policy, including a move away from the ‘Doorways’ intiative, and it is not yet clear what the impact of these policy changes might be.
However, these are primarily generic educational initiatives. To what extent is sustainability an issue to be addressed by mathematics educators? Sustainability does not yet seem to have become a central issue for mathematics education.
In this working group, we will explore:
- Different interpretations of what ‘sustainable mathematics education’ might mean.
- Ways of promoting awareness of and action around sustainability issues through mathematics education.
- We will also share resources, and network to build capacity.
Contact Nichola Clarke for details.
BSRLM: From Research to Practice: Making an Impact?
This working group aims to explore ways in which our research might make an impact by informing practice at classroom, institutional and/or systemic level. The organisers are currently grappling with this issue as part of an ESRC funded follow-on project that aims to synthesise the results of three studies that have researched transitions of students through phases of education. It is the intention to critique a number of means of dissemination drawing on concrete examples being used by the working group organisers, but also hopefully from the working group participants who are invited to come ready to share ideas and examples of their own.
BSRLM: History in the Mathematics Curriculum
The Working Group aims to select, share, trial, evaluate and modify appropriate material in the light of teachers’ experience so that together we may discover sensible ways of introducing the ‘rich historical and cultural roots of mathematics’ to our pupils.
This group reviews the outcomes and material from other meetings such as the History and Pedagogy of Mathematics group and updates on recent activities.Contact Leo Rogers for details.
BSRLM Trigonometry Working Group
For many years trigonometry has been seen as a critical hurdle for those who wish to achieve at GCSE. To understand trigonometry involves orchestrating many concepts which in themselves are known to be hard to understand: angles, rations, functions for example. This area of mathematics is therefore a rich arena for exploring how such understandings can be coordinated; how teaching might make this meaningful; as well as the nature of trigonometry. The group is working towards making a statement about the place and purpose of trigonometry in the secondary curriculum informed by practice and research.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
BSRLM Geometry Working Group
The Geometry Working Group focuses on the teaching and learning of geometrical ideas in its widest sense. The aim of the group is to share perspectives on a range of research questions that could become the basis for further collaborative work. Suggestions of topics for discussion are always welcome. The group is open to all.