Doing Mathematics in Different Places:
an Exploration of Young People’s Activities as they make
Independent Use of a Web-Based Discussion Board
King’s College London
Supervisor Dr Mary Webb
This Thesis is a result of research carried out over some years whilst I was a staff member of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and undertaking a PhD at King’s College London. The study centred on the University of Cambridge’s NRICH project, now part of its Mathematics Millenium Project, and focused primarily on the AskNRICH web-board and its users – the AskNRICHers. A hard copy
of the Thesis has been deposited with the NRICH project. In addition I have produced edited extracts from eight chapters of my PhD Thesis for presentation here on the NRICH website.
The extracts are selected parts of selected chapters as detailed below:
Each chapter has been edited to enable it, as far as is feasible, to ‘standalone’.
The chapter numbers and numbering of sub-headings has been left unchanged from the original Thesis.
However, each edited chapter has its own page numbering and any cross-references within the chapters and between chapters on the NRICH website use these (new) page numbers followed by specifying the page number(s) in the original Thesis chapters.
Where appropriate, references may be given to other chapters (not included on the website) within the full Thesis, either by specifying the Section or providing the Thesis page number(s).
If in a chapter reference is made to any appendices, then the relevant appendix is attached at the end of that chapter.
The NRICH Project aims to enrich the mathematical experiences of all learners. To support this aim, members of the
NRICH team work in a wide range of capacities, including providing professional development for teachers wishing to
embed rich mathematical tasks into everyday classroom practice.