Richard R. Skemp, M.A., (Oxon), Ph.D., (Manchester), F.B.Ps.S.Richard Skemp was awarded degrees in both mathematics and psychology at Oxford. From 1955 to 1973 he was a lecturer/senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at Manchester University, where he took his doctorate. From 1962-1969 he directed the Leicestershire Psychology and Mathematics Project. From 1973 to 1986 he was Professor of Educational Theory and Director of the Mathematics Education Research Centre, at the University of Warwick, Coventry. He became an Emeritus Professor in 1986. His book , published in 1979, offers a new way of thinking about human intelligence, and its relation to schooling and education. These two books formed the basis of an eight year project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the Leverhume Trust, begun in 1978 and called the Intelligence, Learning, and ActionPrimary Mathematics Project for the Intelligent Teaching of Mathematics (PMP). From 1980-1982 he was President of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME). His elementary school mathematics program, Structured Activities for Primary Mathematics, was published as a comprehensive teacher resource in England in 1989 along with a companion ‘theory for teachers’ text, . Mathematics in the Primary School was adapted for North America and republished in expanded form in 1993 and 1994 as Structured Activities for Primary Mathematics.SAIL through MathematicsUntil his death in 1995, Richard Skemp lectured and published widely in the field of human learning and mathematical education. Though he was an educational theorist of international stature, he had a keen continuing interest and involvement with school children, their teachers and the special problems associated with learning mathematics in school. This led, on the basis of his theory of intelligent learning, to the development of an exquisite mathematics program for the elementary school years, |