Multiplicative reasoning professional development programme: evaluation

The impact of Multiplicative Reasoning Project (MRP) on pupil outcomes was evaluated using a 3-level Clustered Randomised Control Trial (CRT) research design. The trial ran between October 2013 and June 2014

The MRP delivered by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) in 2013/14 focused on developing teachers' understanding and capacity to teach topics that involved multiplicative reasoning to Key Stage 3 (KS3) pupils.

Multiplicative reasoning refers to the mathematical understanding and capability to solve problems arising from proportional situations often involving an understanding and application of fractions as well as decimals, percentages, ratios and proportions.

The aspects of multiplicative reasoning addressed in the NCETM project were proportional and fractional relationships. The teaching approaches encouraged were the use of mathematical models, visual approaches and problem solving strategies.

Boylan M, Demack S, Willis B, Stevens A, Adams G, Verrier D
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