Start of the enGasia project

Since September 1st 2014 I am running a three year project called ‘enGasia’. This is an IPM project funded by the British Academy. Principal Investigator is Dr. Christian Bokhove from the University of Southampton. The project brings together Academics from England, Hong Kong and Japan.

Project members at the first meeting of the project in Nagano, Japan.

Project members at the first meeting of the project in Nagano, Japan.

In international comparisons for mathematics like PISA and TIMSS, Asia outperforms England considerably. For geometry this difference is even greater. With a new maths curriculum coming into play in England in 2014, this project aims to compare geometry education in England, Japan and Hong Kong and to find out how an interactive electronic book could improve geometry teaching. Based on specific characteristics of the participating countries two digital resources (electronic books) will be designed. They are then implemented in classrooms in those countries. The methodology will include a more qualitative approach based on lesson observations and a quasi-experimental element. The results of this will be disseminated in several publications, public workshops and a dedicated weblog. The proposed project will result in a close collaborative network between England, Japan and Hong Kong.

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