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The Everyday Maths Project: Families doing Mathematics

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Professor Tim Jay (SIoE); Dr Jo Rose and Dr Ben Simmons (University of Bristol)

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A parent-centred approach to children's maths learning

Many parents experience considerable difficulties in their attempts to support their children's mathematics learning. These difficulties are often due to a lack of familiarity with methods that children learn in school for solving problems, to a perceived lack of ability in mathematics, or to broader difficulties with home-school communication. The purpose of the Everyday Maths Project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, was to bypass these difficulties, by designing a parent-centred approach to parental involvement in children's maths learning.

The Sheffield Festival of Social Science 2015 saw the premiere of short films based on the work of SIoE’s Professor Tim Jay, and Dr Jo Rose and Dr Ben Simmons (both of University of Bristol), during the Everyday Maths Project. The films were produced with funding from the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. They represent some key findings from our research exploring this alternative approach. At the heart of this design was a set of workshops, which we trialled in four schools in Bristol. During these workshops, parents worked together to 'find the maths' in their everyday family activity, and to explore ways to share this mathematical thinking and activity with their children. Alongside the short films produced for the project, we have also developed a set of resources for schools to use to run these workshops for themselves.

Please visit the Everyday Maths website to find out more.


Nuffield Foundation
Economic & Social Research Council

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