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5.3. SUBSEQUENT WORK The success of the original project encouraged me to widen the work, so as the project neared its conclusion I prepared a submission for a similar investigation into statistical concepts – arguably more relevant and important for the average citizen than the more specialised probability concepts. The bid failed. I have never fully understood this – one factor was it had become more difficult to get grant money, and another factor was that statistics – data handling – had next to no place in the secondary school curriculum. The bid was perhaps ahead of its time (or maybe flawed!). As a consequence of this I turned my attention to probability concepts in 7-11 year olds, and following up the various ideas which emerged from this and the 11-16 year old work, reported at subsequent ICOTS and elsewhere (Green 1983, 1988, 1991), but not as fully as it should have been. This was in part because I had diversified into other aspects of mathematical education involving IT (for example, consultancy work for the Department of Education and Employment, and a fruitful and rewarding collaboration concerning dynamic geometry). In retrospect, what I should have done early on was make a concerted effort to work at length with the then current researchers (such as Fischbein, Falk and Konold). Only much later did I begin to do this – for example with a rewarding collaboration with Godino & Batanero – by which time my many other commitments (to administration, committees, national bodies) limited the time which could be devoted to this. I wonder what might have happened had I made some different decisions early on! 5.4. LESSONS LEARNED Reviewing my own experiences and mistakes, I present below a list of the lessons and warnings for others to note. I hope at least some of them will prove relevant and helpful – I even hope to learn from them myself! 1. Initially work with the guidance of other experienced researchers. 2. Get to conferences – not just to find out what is going on around the world but, most importantly, to make personal contacts. 3. Read the literature widely - realise that there will be workers in other fields with overlapping interests so a wide range of journals will be worth perusing. 4. Seek funding to allow travel to visit other workers in the broad area, and try to develop joint projects, for prolonged collaboration. 5. Don’t try to broaden your own research too soon – specialise. 6. Get a sabbatical to give yourself adequate time to develop your research ideas. 7. Make an effort to attract PhD students – perhaps through contacts with other workers in the field. Aim to build a team. 8. Don’t be too influenced by early failure – try to find out why a research bid fails. 9. Make sure that research is properly written up and published in good time.
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