Centre for Research in Mathematics Education, University of Nottingham
Geoff Wake is Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Nottingham where he leads the Centre for Research in Mathematics Education. The Centre has a strong track record of designing and developing resources that promote approaches to teaching and learning of problem solving and concept development. Much of this work has been carried out as part of the Shell Centre for Mathematical Education that recently celebrated 50 years of excellence in educational design. In recent years much of this work has been substantially focused overseas working with colleagues in the USA, Australia, Japan and across Europe.
Geoff’s own research has, for many years, focused on problem solving, modelling and applications of mathematics. This has included research in workplaces as well as schools and colleges and also development of qualifications such as Freestanding Mathematics Qualifications, Use of Maths and Core Mathematics. Most recently he has, in collaboration with colleagues in Japan, been working to develop collaborative communities of teacher researchers using lesson study to inform development of teaching practice in problem solving. He also directs a project that is using dialogic teaching approaches that support students working to re-sit GCSE examinations.
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Rob Eastaway is best known as the author of several popular maths books, including the bestselling 'Why Do Buses Come In Threes?' and 'Maths for Mums and Dads'. He is also the Director of Maths Inspiration, a national programme of theatre-based lecture shows that has reached over 150,000 teenagers since it began in 2004.
Rob has always had a particular interest in ‘real world’ mathematical modelling and problem-solving. He spent several years as a management consultant at Deloitte, and was also a regular puzzle setter for New Scientist magazine. His most recent book 'Any Ideas'? is a guide to creative problem-solving, for individuals and for groups. It isn’t a maths book, but many of the principles for thinking creatively apply just as much in the maths classroom as they do in other walks of life.