CONSULTING CHILDREN: MATHS AND ME

Marie Brennan
2019 Zenodo  
This paper examines what teaching and learning mathematics 'looked like' and how it was experienced by children across eight Irish primary classrooms at second (7 and 8 years old) and fifth (10 and 11 years old) class level. Children are at the heart of the learning process and can provide important views of the curriculum and of the teaching and learning. Exploring children's experiences of teaching and learning provide insights into the difficulties and challenges children experience in their
more » ... learning. A total of twenty four mathematics lessons were observed, while eighteen mathematics lessons were video recorded. Focus group interview with children, child questionnaires and drawings were also employed in the data collection. For the majority of children in this study mathematics is little more than calculation and number work. Despite the Primary Mathematics curriculum advocating mathematical processes such as problem solving, developing logic and reasoning, ad communicating mathematical ideas, in this study few children talked about mathematics in this way. Children's beliefs about mathematics are determined by the mathematics they encounter, the tasks in which they encounter it and their disposition towards mathematics as a result of previous encounters.
doi:10.5281/zenodo.3539055 fatcat:lrz4cdbujnfutby24tgawuop54