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Developing fluency in mathematical procedures

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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
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Project Description

Reference: MEC/CF-Un1/2019
School: School of Science
Location: Loughborough
UK/EU Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£TBC)
International Fee band: Research Band 1 Classroom Based (£16,900)
Full Time Duration: 3 years
Part Time Duration: 6 years
Preferred start date (note that there are four available start dates: 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October): 1 January 2020

Fluency in important mathematical procedures is a critical goal within the learning of school mathematics, as security with fundamental procedures offers pupils increased power to explore more complicated mathematics at a conceptual level.

Mathematical Etudes are creative, imaginative and thought-provoking tasks designed to help learners of mathematics develop their fluency in important mathematical procedures. They are intended to be more stimulating than traditional exercises and to support the development of conceptual understanding.

This project will explore the design of mathematical etudes and examine their effectiveness in the school classroom.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in mathematics or a related discipline.
A relevant Master's degree in mathematics or educational research methods and/or experience in education would be an advantage. All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements (

How to apply

All applications are made online, please select the school/department name under the programme name section and include the quote reference number:
Reference: MEC/CF-Un1/2019
School: School of Science

Funding Notes

This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.

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