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Links between economic activity and maths learning

Dr Tim Jay

Dr Tim Jay

The Graduate School of Education (GSoE), University of Bristol, has won prestigious Leverhulme Trust funding of over £90,000 for a research project entitled ‘Identifying and exploring links between economic activity and maths learning’. The project, directed by Dr Tim Jay, GSoE Psychology of Education researcher, will run for 2 years starting this autumn and will investigate children's engagement in economic activity and explore the mathematics that this activity involves.

The main focus of the project is on encouraging links in children's minds between the mathematics that they are doing inside and outside of the classroom.

Dr Tim Jay
Dr Jay said: “We will be asking primary and secondary school children in the Bristol area to document their economic activity outside of the classroom and then be looking for ways in which we can harness that activity in the mathematics classroom, in order to help children develop their mathematical thinking. The main focus of the project is on encouraging links in children's minds between the mathematics that they are doing inside and outside of the classroom."

The findings of the study will be brought to bear on contemporary debate on multidisciplinary theory of learning and are expected to have a strong impact on educational research and policy. The project will take a collaborative approach, integrated with, and building on, research networks within and outside the Graduate School of Education.

Read about Project Director Dr Tim Jay

Read about Project Funder Leverhulme Trust

Further information

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the first Viscount Leverhulme. It is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing funds of some £50 million every year. For further information about the schemes that the Leverhulme Trust fund visit their website at www.leverhulme.ac.uk.