Thursday, 11 November 2010

Mathematical creativity lecture

Well, I am off to the North-West of England tomorrow to give a lecture at Edge Hill University. It takes most of a day to get there from Norwich by train, going via London and Liverpool. I've been asked to talk on 'Creativity in mathematics' to a group of primary school teachers on the Edge Hill Mathematics Specialist Teacher Programme.

This topic is one of my personal enthusiasms and one that I always enjoy sharing with primary school teachers. My involvement in classroom-based research in this area goes all the way back to my 1984 PhD, which I did part-time at London University. Over the years I have been privileged to explore the topic further with various groups of more able children in primary schools, particularly at Cringleford Primary, a local school on the edge of Norwich close to the University. So, I have plenty of material from interacting with children to share on this subject – and I hope this will entertain and stimulate the troops in Ormskirk.

The following weekend I shall be doing a repeat performance in Birmingham, with another cohort of mathematics specialist teachers.

I see that Ian Sugarman is doing a session after me at Edge Hill on place value and calculation. He's always good value – likewise, Ian Thomson, who is doing the same session at the Birmingham event.


  1. Hi Derek

    Hope you have a good event.

    Let me know if you will be appearing in Berkshire.



  2. Respected Sir,
    Myself is lecturer in college of education in India. My Ph.D. topic was 'Developing Strategy for Fostering Mathematical Creativity among Class IX Students'. I've developed a Strategy and Mathematical Creativity Test in that research. Sir,your research papers helped me a lot in giving direction in my research.
    Thanks .......Please Keep it up..
    Yogesh Sharma
    M.Sc. (Mathematics) Ph.D. (Education)
    Ramgarhia College of Education,
    Phagwara, Punjab, India