IMA International Conference on Barriers and Enablers to Learning Maths: Enhancing Learning and Teaching for All Learners


This is the first international conference of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) about approaches to teaching and learning mathematics. Mathematics should be understood in the widest possible sense to cover all aspects of mathematics, including number, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and the full range of applications of mathematics.

The conference examines learning and teaching throughout the life span, from the most basic to the most advanced topics and for the full range of learners, including people with dyscalculia and other maths learning difficulties, gifted learners and mathematicians. This should lead to cross-fertilisation between different areas of learning and teaching. The conference is also highly interdisciplinary. In addition to mathematicians, it should be of interest amongst others to psychologists, teachers, pedagogical and educational experts, engineers, scientists and social scientists.

The conference is organised into the following four tracks, with the list of topics under each track illustrative rather than exclusive.

Motivation and maths anxiety:
• Approaches to increasing motivation and self confidence
• Overcoming maths anxiety
• Why learn maths: relevance, context and applications
• The use of social networking to provide mutual support and increase engagement
• Using the media to promote mathematics and improve its image
• The learner’s and the teacher’s perspective

Inclusive practice and learners’ particular requirements
• Learners with specific learning difficulties
• Ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity and the learning and teaching requirements
• Gender issues and gender sensitive learning and teaching
• Mature learners and returning to maths in later life
• Blind learners and non-visual representation of mathematics
• Gifted learners
• Maths learning for specialists and non-specialists

Effective practice: what does and does not work
• International comparisons
• Case studies
• Content and curricula
• Assessment, teaching and learning approaches
• Training and resources for teachers
• Less traditional approaches, such as project based learning, peer supported learning, microlearning and mobile learning

The use of technology:
• The use of ICT, new technologies and tools
• On-line learning, blended learning and traditional classrooms
• Mobile learning apps
• High tech and traditional approaches

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