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The conference for all 11-19 mathematics teachers

29 June - 1 July 2017

Keele University

Developing problem solving and proportional reasoning in GCSE resit

Sue Hough and Steve Gough

13:15 - 14:15 Thursday 29th June

GSCE Resit and KS3 and KS4

The latest GCSE frameworks place a greater emphasis on assessing students' ability to problem solve and to answer questions in proportional reasoning. In this session we look at how the bar model can provide students with a unifying strategy for tackling many GCSE que stions. This can be particularly useful to Foundation level GCSE students and those re-sitting GCSE, many of whom can find it difficult to know where to start on these type of problems. We also consider the similarities and differences to the bar modelling approach originating in The Netherlands and in Singapore.

Assumed knowledge

A basic knowledge of the underlying mathematical content is expected.

About the speaker(s)

Sue Hough is a senior lecturer in Mathematics education at Manchester Metropolitan University, after working in secondary schools for 18 years. She has managed a number of projects relating to the use of approaches based upon the Dutch approach called Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) in UK schools and is a co-author of the 'Making Sense of Maths' series of books. Sue has recently led a Nuffield funded project studying the effect of using RME based approaches with Post 16 GCSE resit students.

Steve Gough is a senior lecturer in Mathematics education at Manchester Metropolitan University, with previous experience of working in a range of secondary school settings. Steve has been involved in teaching and training on a number of projects looking at the use of Realistic Mathematics Education (RME) in UK schools and is a co-author of the 'Making Sense of Maths' series of books. Steve took part in a recently funded Nuffield project studying the effect of using RME based approaches with Post 16 GCSE resit students.