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  Designing classroom tasks to improve students’ learning of mathematics

   Mathematics Education Centre

  Dr C Foster  Monday, July 01, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

A project in this area will aim to improve our knowledge about effective school mathematics task design. Many learners experience neither success nor enjoyment from their study of mathematics, and yet success in school mathematics functions as a gatekeeper to young people’s future opportunities, including employment, economic and social stability and health and wellbeing. The tasks that learners are given to do in mathematics lessons are a major factor influencing what they can learn, and improving the design of classroom mathematics tasks has the potential to give learners a more rewarding and positive experience.

This project would draw on insights from mathematics education and cognitive science to develop knowledge about how to improve the design of classroom tasks for secondary school mathematics. Interested applicants may want to visit for details of research in this area.

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Primary supervisor: Colin Foster


Entry requirements for United Kingdom

Applicants should have relevant experience in education or a strong interest in schools and mathematics.

English language requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Further details are available on the International website.

How to apply

All applications should be made online. Under programme name, select Department of Mathematics Education. Please quote the advertised reference number: ME/CF-Un2/2023 in your application.

To avoid delays in processing your application, please ensure that you submit the minimum supporting documents.

Please note, applications for this project are considered on an on-going basis and the project may be withdrawn prior to the application deadline if a suitable candidate is chosen for the project.

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Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

UK fee: £4,596
International fee: £19,200

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