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“You can shout as often as you like that ‘x’ should work, but if it is not working while I am teaching, I will do other things that on paper might not be as efficient,” says Dr Christian Bokhove, a lecturer in mathematics education at the University of Southampton and a specialist in research methodologies.

Speaking on this episode of Tes Podagogy, which focuses on spotting research myths and how teachers can be empowered by research, Bokhove explains that the relationship between teachers and education research is a difficult one to get right. On one side, it has huge scope to improve practice; on the other, there are real dangers in how teachers often consume research.

Bokhove – a former teacher - identifies some prime examples of where he feels research has been oversimplified or misconstrued by educators, including popular work from the likes of ED Hirsch and John Sweller. He also details things teachers should look for in research and discusses issues such as publication bias.

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October 16, 2013  
September 13, 2013  

Join Craig Barton in discussion with Tom Button from Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI). Tom is the man behind a brand new qualification: Further Pure Mathematics with Technology. This is the first accredited qualification in the UK where students are allowed to use technology (graphing software, computer algebra systems, etc.) in their assessment. Tom talks about the success of, and the future for, the project.

 

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August 30, 2013  

Join Craig Barton in discussion with the highly-regarded academic Anne Watson. Professor Watson has been heavily involved in drafting the new mathematics curriculum; in this interview she looks at the finer points in depth, discuss what the curriculum hopes to achieve and Professor Watson shares her hopes and fears for it.

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August 13, 2013  

Join Craig Barton in discussion with Douglas Butler, a highly regarded mathematics trainer, former chairman of Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) and the man who gave the world Autograph. Douglas looks back over his career, talks about how maths teaching has changed in the last twenty years and predicts what the future might hold.

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August 2, 2013  

Join Craig Barton for a full length discussion with Charlie Stripp, the man who is now in charge of both Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI) and the National Centre for the Excellence of Teaching in Mathematics (NCETM). Charlie talks about the roles of these two prominent organisations, their current projects, the future of teacher training and the likely impact of technology and the new curriculum.

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July 18, 2013  

Join Craig Barton for the tenth episode of the TES Maths Podcast – your monthly dose of mathematical debate, ideas and resources. For the final TES Maths Podcast of the academic year, we feature interviews a number of topics, including the pros and cons of using iPads in the classroom, a new curriculum for post-16s and an in-depth discussion about what the new mathematics curriculum will look like. Please visit www.tes.co.uk/mathspodcast to access the links to the resources and ideas discussed throughout the show and to contribute to the discussion on the blog.

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March 26, 2013  

Join Mr Barton for the sixth episode of the TES Maths Podcast – your monthly dose of mathematical debate, ideas and resources. This time Mr Barton journeyed to Bangkok to be guest speaker at the South East Asian Maths Competition. Whilst there he interviewed staff and students to try to discover what life is like at an international school, and just why these students are so successful at maths. There is also an interview with world renowned Canadian mathematician, Ron Lancaster about teacher training, problem solving, and much more. Please visit www.tes.co.uk/mathspodcast to access the links to the resources and ideas discussed throughout the show.

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February 12, 2013  

On the day that wide-ranging reforms to the National Curriculum in England were announced by the government, TES Maths adviser Craig Barton and TES journalist Helen Ward sat down to talk about the issues and changes that instantly presented themselves in the Maths KS3 proposals.

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February 12, 2013  

Join Mr Barton for the fifth episode of the TES Maths Podcast – your monthly dose of mathematical debate, ideas and resources. This time we welcomed teacher, blogger, tweeter and best-selling author Will Emeny to the show. We discussed effective ways of differentiating in the maths classroom, and suggestions of ways of teaching maths in context, to hook the students in.

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