Research Report

Overcoming mathematical misconceptions with conceptual maths


Hennessy A (2016) Overcoming mathematical misconceptions with conceptual maths. Winning Scotland Foundation.

A classroom teacher in St Luke’s and St. Matthew’s Dundee used conceptual maths techniques with her primary seven class. Conceptual maths is strongly linked to growth mindset, as it promotes deep thinking and reflection, use of strategies and celebration of mistakes. The teacher made use of ‘number talks’, championed by Jo Boaler, and ‘think boards’, which are based on research carried out by Jerome Bruner. The children enjoyed this approach to learning mathematics, which was also found to encourage a growth mindset culture in the lessons.

Publication date01/12/2016
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