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project on their experiences of learning mathematics. In addition, we have collected data
from students participating in the units of work. These include a survey of the tasks they
enjoyed most and those they felt they learned most mathematics from, as well as an openended question about their ideal mathematics class.
Research Findings
Meetings with teachers and particularly our intensive data collection throughout units
of work at two schools have yielded rich data about student preferences and performance
in lessons developed using the task types, as well as the opportunities and constraints
experienced by teachers.
In the papers that follow, our colleagues elaborate on the rationale for each of the task
types on which our research focuses, the definitions they have developed for each of these
types and research findings relating to teachers’ experience of teaching them.
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