## Abstract

This action research project looks at what happened when a small group of adult numeracy teachers with widely different experiences of learning and teaching mathematics explored

their own informal numeracy practices and undertook a series of collaborative mathematical tasks. Evidence from qualitative data collected during the enquiry suggests that realistic tasks can provoke a range of mathematical thinking and learning responses which allow us to identify ways in which procedural and conceptual thinking is being used, and to track learning journeys through different stages of problem-solving. Although more experienced numeracy teachers could move between and within their ‘real worlds’ and ‘maths worlds’ with intent and ease, others had less integrated experiences, often valuing perceived

mathematical powers over their own intuitive powers, with mixed success.

their own informal numeracy practices and undertook a series of collaborative mathematical tasks. Evidence from qualitative data collected during the enquiry suggests that realistic tasks can provoke a range of mathematical thinking and learning responses which allow us to identify ways in which procedural and conceptual thinking is being used, and to track learning journeys through different stages of problem-solving. Although more experienced numeracy teachers could move between and within their ‘real worlds’ and ‘maths worlds’ with intent and ease, others had less integrated experiences, often valuing perceived

mathematical powers over their own intuitive powers, with mixed success.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Adults Learning Mathematics - A Research Forum 1993-2018 Celebrating 25 years: A lot done, a lot more yet to do |

Editors | Katherine Safford-Ramus, John Keogh, John O'Donoghue, Terry Maguire |

Place of Publication | London |

Publisher | Adults Learning Mathematics |

Pages | 409-430 |

Volume | Special Edition |

Edition | 1 |

ISBN (Print) | 978-1-912804-10-8 |

Publication status | Published - 2018 |

## Keywords

- Professional Development
- Adult Numeracy
- Teacher education
- mathematical thinking
- action research
- adult numeracy teachers
- realistic
- realisable
- mathematisation
- collaborative classroom
- intra- and extra-dimensional