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Research into the use of mastery textbooks

We would like to invite colleagues to consider whether your school and a small number of staff would be interested in taking part in a research study being conducted by the School of Education at the University of Brighton.

This study seeks to explore how teachers make sense of textbook approaches and how they are being supported to use textbooks in developing a mastery approach. In developing this understanding we will be better placed to make recommendations as to how Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers and schools can support the training and development of prospective and qualified teachers. Additionally, we will make recommendations to publishers as to the role they can play in supporting the successful use of textbooks in school.

This is a small-scale study. Participation will involve one 40-minute interview with any NQTs in your school willing to participate in the study. To facilitate discussion, the researcher will observe children’s engagement with textbooks in one mathematics lesson. The research will also involve one 40-minute interview with the Mathematics Subject Lead. Mathematics education researchers from the University of Brighton will conduct all observations and interviews. We would hope to conduct all observations and interviews during the Autumn term. We are able to pay supply costs for the release of any staff involved in the study.

We are seeking four infant, junior, primary or pre-prep/prep schools to take part in the study. To be eligible to participate, your school must:

  • Be using a mastery textbook scheme as the main approach to teaching mathematics (e.g. MNP, Inspire, Power Maths, Mathematics Mastery)
  • Have been using the selected scheme for at least a year
  • Have at least one NQT who would be happy to be involved in project
  • Have a maths subject lead who would be happy to be involved in the project

If you are interested in being involved and / or would like to find out more about the project, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr Rachel Marks (r.g.marks@brighton.ac.uk).

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

The research team: Dr Rachel Marks, Dr Nancy Barclay, Mr Richard Harvey-Swanston, Lesley Hope

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