We have a new M-BESC (Mind and Brain in Educational and Social Contexts) / MERN (Maths Education Research Network) seminar in the diary for this term for Monday 18 November, 10am-11.30am, Room 1.20: Sarah-Jane Gay and Sue Skyrme (National Numeracy) and Tim Jay, Ben Simmons and Jo Rose (Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol): “Talking Maths: Ways of engaging parents with their children’s maths learning”. The new National Numeracy Parental Engagement project aims to support parents in engaging with their children’s maths education, breaking the cycle of negative maths messages. After an initial research phase, National Numeracy plan to develop and trial parental engagement resources and approaches. The Nuffield-funded Everyday Maths project, run by Tim, Jo and Ben, is working with parents to uncover the maths they use in their everyday lives, and empower parents to share this maths with their children. In this seminar, Sarah-Jane and Sue from National Numeracy, and Tim, Ben and Jo from the Graduate School of Education, will outline their respective approaches to working with parents, and we will discuss how the two different projects can learn from each other.

Ben S

Dr Ben Simmons will be presenting “Understanding children with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficultuies (PMLD) in research, theory and practice” at our M-BESC event on Friday 25 October at 12.30pm, in room 3.13, 35 Berkeley Square.

This seminar will present work from Ben’s doctoral thesis and forthcoming book, which explores traditional and alternative approaches to thinking about children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). Children with PMLD are said to experience ‘global developmental delay’ and are described as operating at the earliest, pre-verbal stages of development.  During the seminar Ben will talk about the research landscape as it currently exists for children with PMLD, before exploring the utility of phenomenology as a new lens through which to view the agency and embodied experience of such children. By juxtaposing traditional psychological and novel phenomenological lenses to his doctoral data, Ben will ‘test’ their explanatory power. He will conclude the seminar with reflections about research priorities in the ‘PMLD field’. This promises to be an exciting and thought-provoking seminar, and it will be a great opportunity to hear Ben’s thoughts on a field he is really passionate about. Look forward to seeing you there!

Jo Rose and Paul Howard-Jones

PS Further M-BESC dates for this term include: Thursday 14 November, 2pm, room 4.10, 35 Berkeley Square: Sebastian Lipina “Studying Social Inequality in the Context of the Current Neuroscience Agenda”, Friday 15 November, 10am-4pm, room 4.10, 35 Berkeley Square: Carl Bagley and Andrew Sparkes “Performance in Research Workshop”, Thursday 12 December, 12.30pm, room 3.13 , 35 Berkeley Square: Jo Rose, Liz Washbrook and Leon Tikly “High-Potential Students: Motivations and Aspirations”.