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Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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A Multi-Disciplinary Mathematics Workshop: Keynote speaker - Professor David Geary, University of Missouri.

16th March 2015, 09:30 to 16:30, F009 Wolfson Seminar Room, Professor David Geary

Supported by the Institute of Advanced Study, the Department of Psychology and the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, This one-day workshop will examine the emergence of early mathematical concepts, looking at the interaction between the cultural and historical, the psychological, and the educational perspectives. These different disciplines can inform the development of mathematics in children, and inform teachers as to how best to help develop this knowledge.

Professor David Geary is a world expert on the psychological development of mathematical knowledge in children, and whose research also examines this issue from evolutionary and neurobiological perspectives. 

The aim of this workshop is to bring together different perspectives on developing mathematical knowledge to see how it can inform instruction and learning, particularly in the classroom. The workshop is therefore not only aimed at researchers interested in the above areas but also teachers and educationalists interested in mathematics education. 

To register your place please contact Dr John Adams via email ( or phone 0191 334 0108 by 28th February 2015. Places are limited and lunch is provided. 


9.30 to 9.40 Welcome and introduction to the day

9.40 to 10.40 Keynote address Professor David Geary, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri, USA

10.40 to 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 to 12.00 Mathematics through history and across societies
 Professor Jens Hoyrup, Philosophy and Science Studies, Roskilde University, Denmark

12.00 to 13.00 Lunch
13.00 to 14.00 Working memory training 
Dr Joni Holmes & Dr Darren Dunning, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge

14.00 to 15.00 The notion of understanding in mathematics Dr Patrick Barmby, Senior Lecturer in Mathematics Education at Wits University, Johannesburg.

15.00 to 15.30 Coffee

15.30 to 16.15 Plenary discussion

16.15 Close

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