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Experiences to issues to actions: a heuristic for mathematics teacher development - 18 May 2022

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In this seminar, Alf will set out some of the background principles behind the mathematics education courses offered to teachers at the University of Bristol’s School of Education. These principles run across initial teacher education, Master’s units and CPD offers.

In a nutshell, the heuristic which guides planning and action is the conviction that for dialogue to lead to new insight, there needs to be some time dwelling in the detail of experiences, in order to raise the issue, or issues, which that experience speaks to, and only then to plan next steps or actions to take. This heuristic will be exemplified with empirical data across a range of contexts.

About the speaker

Alf Coles is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Bristol.

His background was in secondary mathematics teaching and he engaged in practitioner research for 15 years before entering the university. His research interests include a focus on issues of listening and hearing, early number and curriculum innovation.


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