Challenging inequity in mathematics education by making pedagogy more visible to learners

Pete Wright (Lead / Corresponding author), Alba Fejzo, Tiago Carvalho

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This paper reports on initial findings from the Visible Maths Pedagogy research project, a collaboration between an academic researcher and two teacher researchers (the paper’s authors). The aim of the project was to explore the effects of making pedagogy more visible on students’ success in school mathematics. We adopted a Participatory Action Research methodology to plan and evaluate five strategies used alongside ‘progressive’ teaching approaches to make the teacher’s pedagogical rationale more visible to learners. Our findings show that students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, were initially prone to misinterpret the intentions of the teacher. However, the five strategies helped students gain a greater appreciation of the teacher’s pedagogical rationale and how to respond appropriately. We discuss the implications of these findings for enabling all students to access the benefits of progressive teaching approaches and for opening up to scrutiny what it means to be a successful learner of mathematics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-466
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
Issue number2
Early online date6 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • inequity in mathematics education
  • participatory action research
  • Visible mathematics pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics (miscellaneous)
  • Education
  • Applied Mathematics


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