Understanding mathematics learning

Learning maths is not as easy as 1, 2, 3, but is influenced by some quite surprising factors. Celia Hoyles explains more

ALL PUPILS LEARN MATHEMATICS in school, but what and how they actually learn is influenced in part by factors beyond the curriculum and even beyond the way in which lessons are delivered. Pupils may be taught procedures to support calculation, yet these can be learnt without a real grasp of why they work as they do. Furthermore, progress in maths can be subject to wider influences.

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October 2009