I was clearing my desk at work and stumbled across a report from the Everyday Maths Project (something I was involved with as an RA before my postdoc). The Everyday Maths Project was a fascinating piece of work, led by Tim Jay (now at Sheffield Hallam University) and Jo Rose, and funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The project essentially involved working with parents of primary school children in order to develop maths workshops that support parent-child maths interaction. The project was controversial in nature as it went beyond abstract, school-based maths to explore the (potentially latent) practical maths that parents employ on a daily basis. Through a series of workshops, parents maths knowledge was made explicit and we explored ways that this can be used to support children’s maths learning within everyday contexts (e.g. travelling to school, playing in the park, shopping for food). As dad of two small kids this work was timely and my own maths confidence developed during the project. If you are number shy and would like to learn more about innovative ways of introducing maths in everyday life, then you can download the final report. There are further resources on the website including conference proceedings (www.everydaymaths.org), as well as a paper due out in spring 2017.
Pictured: Pero’s Bridge in Bristol. (Can you find the maths?)
It’s almost three years to the day that Healthtalk.org launched a section on its website about young people’s experiences of living with arthritis. Most people who know my work tend to associate me with the PMLD field. However, before my postdoc I worked on a range of projects in education and healthcare. During one of these projects I was based at the Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford. My job as a qualitative researcher was to develop an online information resource for young people with arthritis and those involved in their care. This involved interviewing about 40 young people with arthritis (aged 10-28) to learn about the condition from a patient perspective. 10 parents were also interviewed about their experiences of caring for a young person with arthritis. The results were analysed, summarised, and published online, with dozens of accompanying video and audio clips to contextualise the findings. There were also video diaries submitted by young people, and an interview with paediatric rheumatologist, Dr Janet McDonagh. If you’re interested in the topic or know a young person with arthritis then please feel free to browse and share the link.
Healthtalk.org provides free and reliable health information on over 90 subjects such as cancer, HIV, mental health, autism, and Parkinson’s disease. With over 5 million visitors each year, 3,500+ interviewees on record, and an increasing catalogue of information on health and illness it’s a website that’s worth bookmarking!