A global empirical research project from my front room

I am a prisoner in the new zombie apocalypse. Yes, I am being alarmist once again. I am isolating myself because of COVID-19 or coronavirus. The clocks have gone forward. My computers and devices all managed to update themselves to one hour hence and adjust to British Summer TIme. My central heating system and cookerContinue reading “A global empirical research project from my front room”

The pubs have shut

With a friend we broke the social distancing protocol to go to the pub before they closed as ordered by government. In the pub there were a small band of people, some of them committed drinkers, an understandably miserable landlord and staff. Who knows how long it will be shut? The temporary end of theContinue reading “The pubs have shut”

When there is no sense to be made

Of late I have been reading Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities. A considerable novel of some 1200 pages, set in Vienna in 1913. The Man Without Qualities’ central theme marks the end of the Austrian empire in crisis. Not necessarily the wholesale slaughter and violence that was to follow in the First World War,Continue reading “When there is no sense to be made”

Philosophical clownery of late modernity (pt2?)

It is still up for grabs. Whether we are at an ephocal change or not. Whether we can consider ourselves to be in late modernity or not. The clown, though, is the chief agitator of modernity. The idea of the fool is evident in classical culture, and according to common knowledge and backed up byContinue reading “Philosophical clownery of late modernity (pt2?)”

Philosophical clownery of late modernity

Is there an old giving way to a new? Are we at the end and at the beginning of an epoch? What is an epoch? I sense we are at the point of change or we are in a period of change. But change is almost guaranteed as a human experience. Well, that is myContinue reading “Philosophical clownery of late modernity”

When is a mathematics education lecturer not a mathematics education lecturer?

On the signature at the bottom of my emails it says ‘University Lecturer in Mathematics Education’. There is a link to my blog in that signature too. You can follow the link and you will find things on politics, economics, social theory, schools’ policy and very little on mathematics education. “Fraud!” you might justifiably say,Continue reading “When is a mathematics education lecturer not a mathematics education lecturer?”

Upon the rejection of a research article, nightmare and hope

I have a number of research strands going on at the moment. There is my research into mathematics teachers’ professional development – this goes back to my interests as a teacher and head of department and was followed up with my PhD research at the University of Nottingham. I also have an interest in learningContinue reading “Upon the rejection of a research article, nightmare and hope”