#128 Research in Action 5: Fingers and game-based apps with Korbinian Moeller

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Hello, and welcome to another episode of the Mr Barton Maths Podcast, with me Craig Barton.

This is an episode from the Research in Action mini series, where I interview a researcher from the Mathematics Education Centre at Loughborough University about their chosen area of interest, and the implications for maths teaching and learning.

On today’s episode I was lucky enough to speak to Korbinian Moeller

Korbinian is professor of mathematical cognition at the Centre of Mathematical Cognition at Loughbourough University. He studied psychology at the RWTH Aachen University (Diplom 2006) and the University of Dundee in Scotland (M.Sc. 2006). Subsequently, he pursued his PhD at the Paris-Lodron-University in Salzburg, Austria (until 2008) and the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tuebingen, Germany (PhD in 2010). From December 2012 to April 2020, Korbinian Moeller headed the junior research group Neuro-cognitive Plasticity at the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien. Additionally, he was professor for applied learning and knowledge psychology at the University of Tuebingen. His research interests focus on the cognitive and neuronal underpinnings of numerical competencies.

In this conversation we spoke mainly about three things

  • Fingers
  • Manipulatives
  • Game based apps – just why are children seemingly happy to spend hours trying and failing at Call of Duty, but not quite so happy putting the same amount of effort into the quadratic questions homework?

Korbinian’s Big 3 (+1!)
1. The number sense
2. The mathematical brain
3. The learning scientists
4. Why don’t  students like school


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