A series of short research papers will be published in the coming months. Each research paper will focus on a domain of mathematical learning: Algebra, Data and Chance, Number, Measures, Shape and Space. They will examine the core mathematical concepts and skills that are important for children to learn in the senior classes of primary school.
A research addendum to the original Research Reports 17 & 18 has now been published. The piece entitled 'Learning and Teaching Primary Mathematics' focuses on the middle to upper years of primary education.
Consultation on the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum from Junior Infants to Second Class ran from October 2017 to March 2018. The report on this consultation has now been published. An accompanying video was developed to summarise the consultation and can be viewed below. Once again, thank you to all those who engaged with the consultation.
The Department of Education and Skills has revised the schedule for the implementation of the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum. The new curriculum will now be published in Autumn 2021 as a single specification from junior infants through to 6th class. The decision to re-schedule the implementation of the Primary Mathematics Curriculum takes on board the views of stakeholders and will allow teachers and schools the time to engage more fully with the new Primary Language Curriculum / Curaclam Teanga na Bunscoile. It also allows for further supports to be developed for teachers along with a more sustained transformative model of professional development.
The draft specification for junior infants to second class is available here. Following a period of consultation, this specification is currently being revised and extended for junior infants up to sixth class.
Review and research
Consider the research related to the development of the new Primary Mathematics Curriculum.
A research addendum tot he original reports below was published in September 2019. It explores mathematical teaching and learning in the middle to upper years of primary education.
Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3 - 8 years): Executive Summaries
Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3 - 8 years): Definitions, theories, development and progression. RESEARCH REPORT No. 17
Mathematics in Early Childhood and Primary Education (3 - 8 years): Teaching and learning. RESEARCH REPORT No.18
The Building Blocks of Early Mathematics
What are the building blocks of mathematics? How important are they? Doug Clements answers these questions by summarizing recent research and development work. One effective instructional approach featured in all these is basing instruction on learning trajectories. This approach will be illustrated through a set of research projects using learning trajectories successfully.
A conference on developing mathematical ideas with children (3-8 years) took place on Monday, November 24th 2014 in the Conference Centre in Dublin Castle.
Delegates heard keynotes from Professor Douglas Clements (University of Denver) and Professor Elizabeth Wood (Sheffield University) and took part in workshops spotlighting innovative maths work in schools and early years services. The conference closed with the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, TD launching two research reports:
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