Teaching Mathematics to Adults: Integrating New and Old Knowledge

  • Mary Dodd
  • Jean Mathias
  • Sam J. Nolan


Adult students bring with them knowledge and experience which can adversely affect their learning of mathematics. This chapter develops the metaphor of building on a Brownfield site to highlight the difficulties they experience. It is demonstrated and addressed through two case studies, one to do with mental mathematics (to challenge the notion of “one best method”), and the second to do with misconceptions in applied mathematics (mechanics).


Formal Method Proportional Reasoning Common Misconception Informal Method Threshold Concept 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Dodd
    • 1
  • Jean Mathias
    • 1
  • Sam J. Nolan
    • 2
  1. 1.Foundation CentreUniversity of DurhamDurhamUK
  2. 2.Centre for AcademicResearcher and Organisation Development, Durham UniversityDurhamUK

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