MEC Seminar

  • 3 June 2020
  • 14:00-16:00
  • Microsoft Teams

The Mathematics Education Centre will host this research seminar via Microsoft Teams. Please note the link to join will be circulated a week before the event.

40 mins Presentation + 20 mins Q&A: Prof. David Tall The long-term success and failure of mathematics education” (University of Warwick & Visiting Professor, Loughborough University)

Abstract: Some new ideas on the long-term development of mathematical thinking (available in recent papers on my academic website) offering an overall framework for the longer term development of math education research. This includes the supportive and problematic aspects as mathematics becomes more sophisticated in new contexts and cultural relationships between different communities. It seeks simple ideas that make sense to teachers, learners and experts with different forms of expertise. It will consist of a ten minute overall introduction, a 26 minute video presenting a particular long-term development illustrating some of the principles, and time for discussion.

40 mis Presentation + 20 mins Q&A: Prof.Korbinian MoellerPutting a finger on numbers: influences of finger-based representations on numerical development” (Centre for Mathematical Cognition, Loughborough University)

Abstract: Almost all children spontaneously use their fingers for counting of initial calculations at some point of their numerical development. However, there seems to be inconsistent reception of this in the literature on math education and numerical cognition research. While the latter clearly identified beneficial influences of finger-based representations (involving finger motor and sensory skills) and strategies, the former is more cautious about finger use as a tool to foster early numerical development. In this talk I will first describe recent findings illustrating the beneficial association of finger-based representations and strategies with as well as their longitudinal relevance for the development of early numerical abilities. I then discuss how finger-based representations and strategies may be considered in a model of numerical development before presenting the results of two intervention studies providing evidence for the potential of (app-based) finger-based trainings but also their limits.

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Ouhao Chen
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