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23 October 2015 - question 8: Big ideas

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The previous question on designing a framework using tasks elicited very few responses so I am hoping that this one will be more popular! Your comments and suggestions for research or other readings are all very useful and welcome so please do keep them coming.

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Question 8 - Big ideas

There are several curricula that claim to use big ideas as a basis for design and quite a few text books, including some published in the UK that do so too. The article which really caught our attention though is the one by Randall Charles, from the USA, who expanded his interpretation of a big idea to include key understandings. We think this has some traction and would like to know what you think.

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News and events

Cambridge Mathematics is delighted to be supporting the Advisory Committee on Mathematics Education (ACME) on a piece of work towards a professional development framework. This follows on from the work on Initial Teacher Education, to be published soon. Associated with that I am off to Japan to see what lesson study is all about and if it is possible to embed some of the most successful parts of it into a professional development structure here in the UK.  

In November we are supporting the Computer-based Math Summit in London. The summit will bring together a broad, international cross-section of leaders and innovators from industry, technology, education, government, and a wide variety of fields.

Finally I am delighted to have been successful in inviting Dr David Leigh-Lancaster from Victoria, Australia, to work with us for a week in early December. An expert in mathematics curriculum and assessment, he will be working with the Cambridge Mathematics team to refine our ideas, and also heading up some seminars. If you’d like to know what he’s going to be talking about and would be interested in joining us for a seminar or two, please email Sarah Prior who will be delighted to contact you.

Computer-Based Math Summit


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