I Can’t Do Maths - Part 3

Challenging the way we think about maths teaching and learning with Professors Alf Coles and Nathalie Sinclair


I Can’t Do Maths - Part 3

In this third and final part of this podcast episode, we conclude our conversation with Professors Alf Coles and Nathalie Sinclair about the dogmas they address in their book, I Can’t Do Maths! Why children say it and how to make a difference. In this part of the conversation, we put your questions, shared with us on social media, to Alf and Nathalie, and discuss topics including maths anxiety and enjoyment in the UK compared to other nations, how to support and encourage children who struggle with maths and how to respond when children ask, ‘When will I ever need this again?’.

Parts 1 and 2 are also available.

A transcript (PDF) of this episode is available to download.

Show notes

Taking part in the discussion:

  • Professor Alf Coles, University of Bristol
  • Professor Nathalie Sinclair, Simon Fraser University, British Columbia
  • Julia Thomson, Communications Manager, NCETM.

Episode chapters

  • 00:06 - Introduction and welcome
  • 00:39 - Is maths anxiety a global issue?
  • 02:31 - When will I ever need this maths?
  • 09:18 - How parents can support their children
  • 12:33 - The importance of learning maths
  • 16:17 - Conclusion and final thoughts

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