The Know Show

#27 Dr. Alf Coles - Innovating the mathematics curriculum

July 2, 2020

My guest in this episode is Dr. Alf Coles who is an academic in mathematics education at Bristol University. Maths has for such a long time been either a love it or hate it kind of relationship. I’m sure we all have this idea that you’re either a numbers person or you’re not. But Alf dispels this myth in this episode. Having worked as a maths teacher then as a researcher into how maths is taught, Alf has some remarkable insights. One that stood out to me was how the use of imagery in maths in primary school can be quite confusing for students as they get into secondary! I definitely recommend this episode to everyone who has been afraid of maths in the past and those of you with children of school age.

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/education/people/alf-t-coles/overview.html

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