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Mathematical Reasoning: Evaluation report and executive summary

Anders, JD; Stokes, L; Hudson-Sharp, N; Dorsett, R; Rolfe, H; George, A; Buzzeo, J; (2018) Mathematical Reasoning: Evaluation report and executive summary. Education Endowment Foundation: London, UK. Gold open access

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The Mathematical Reasoning programme aims to improve the mathematical attainment of pupils in Year 2 by developing their understanding of the logical principles underlying maths. The programme was previously tested in an EEF-funded efficacy trial (Improving Numeracy and Literacy in Key Stage 1) which suggested that it had a positive impact. The efficacy trial examined the programme under developer-led conditions. This report describes a follow-up effectiveness trial which examined the impact of the programme under everyday conditions in a large number of schools and with less involvement from the original developer. Mathematical Reasoning lessons focus on developing pupils’ understanding of number and quantitative reasoning. They cover principles such as place value and the inverse relation between addition and subtraction. The programme consists of ten units delivered to pupils by their teachers as part of their usual mathematics lessons. It is designed to be taught over a 12- to 15-week period, with each unit taking approximately one hour. Learning is supported by online games, which can be used by pupils both at school and at home. The intervention was originally developed by a team at the University of Oxford, led by Professor Terezinha Nunes and Professor Peter Bryant. The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) contributed to the development of the training model used in this trial and coordinated the delivery of the training through the network of Maths Hubs (partnerships of schools created to lead improvements to maths education). In this trial, the teacher training was delivered using a ‘train-the-trainers’ model through eight Maths Hubs. Each Maths Hub was asked to recruit two ‘Work Group Leads’. The University of Oxford programme developers trained these Work Group Leads who then trained the teachers in participating schools to deliver the programme. To prepare them to train the teachers, Work Group Leads received an initial day of training, used the materials in their own teaching, and then received a further two days’ training. Teachers delivering the programme then received one day of training from a Work Group Lead as well as a visit from the Work Group Lead during programme delivery. They were also able to seek additional support directly from the Work Group Lead or ask questions through an online Maths Hub community. The impact of the programme on maths attainment was evaluated using a randomised controlled trial involving 160 schools. Schools were randomly allocated either to receive Mathematical Reasoning or to be in the control group, the latter having the opportunity to take part in the programme in the following school year. A process evaluation used observations of training sessions, teacher interviews, lesson observations, and an online survey of treatment and control schools to examine implementation and the factors influencing impact. The trial began in August 2015 and analysis and reporting of the trial completed in December 2018. The project was co-funded by the Worshipful Company of Actuaries.

Type: Report
Title: Mathematical Reasoning: Evaluation report and executive summary
Open access status: An open access publication
Publisher version: https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/public...
Language: English
Additional information: You may re-use this document/publication (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0. To view this licence, visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10064428
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