Exemplifying the expert primary mathematics classroom: The case of Alex and assessment for learning

  • Amanda O'Shea (Author)

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


    This paper describes part of a multi-case study which linked conceptions and practices of assessment for learning within UK primary mathematics classrooms to developing autonomy for the children. The project explored the use of assessment for learning in mathematics lessons with Year 5 (9-10 years old) children and their teachers. Alex is one case which exemplified the expert teacher through the conceptions and use of assessment for learning, which led to the children becoming expert learners of mathematics. The class ethos was one of value for personal autonomy. Responsibility and control of learning was a shared endeavour within a community of learners. Community in this respect was broadened to include the environment and resources within the classroom and so demonstrated learners working within an expert classroom.
    Period24 Jul 201631 Jul 2016
    Event title13th International Congress on Mathematical Education
    Event typeConference
    LocationHamburg, GermanyShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionInternational


    • Primary education
    • Education
    • Mathematics
    • Primary mathematics