Technology must partner not serve mathematics learning

Technology must partner not serve mathematics learning

Monday, 16 Aug 2010

Digital technology should be a partner to learning mathematics rather than a servant by becoming a substitute for work done with a pencil and paper according to a University of Queensland academic.

In her address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne on Monday, Professor Merrilyn Goos will discuss the ways in which research, classroom practice and curriculum policy in the use of digital technologies line up with each other and inform each other.

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Mathematics curriculum must address ‘spectacular’ student diversity

Mathematics curriculum must address ‘spectacular’ student diversity

Monday, 16 Aug 2010

A leading American expert in mathematics education will tell delegates to a Melbourne conference on Monday that curriculum standards set for students are written as an  ‘immaculate progression’ but in reality students arrive each day with a spectacular variety of mathematical biographies. More consideration must be given to the diversity among students.

Philip Daro, one of three leading the writing of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics in the United States is visiting Australia to deliver a keynote address to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference. Each state in the U.S. has had its own standards until now. The CCSS have been adopted by over 30 states.

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English restricts the language of mathematics

English restricts the language of mathematics

Monday, 16 Aug 2010

The international mathematics education community’s capacity to study, understand and enact classroom practice is constrained by the dominance of the English language, Professor David Clarke will tell the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference in Melbourne today.

In the opening keynote address Professor Clarke, the Director of the International Centre for Classroom Research at the University of Melbourne, will tell delegates that the emergence of English as the ‘lingua franca’ has restricted international access to some of the subtle and sophisticated concepts used by mathematics teachers and teacher educators in non-English speaking countries.

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Low expectations lead to under-performance in mathematics education

Low expectations lead to under-performance in mathematics education

Friday, 13 Aug 2010

Low expectations are contributing to the under-performance of Australian students in school mathematics according to the chief executive of the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Professor Geoff Masters.

In his opening address to this year’s ACER Research Conference, ‘Teaching Mathematics? Make it Count’, in Melbourne on Monday, Professor Masters will tell almost 800 delegates that school mathematics is widely perceived as difficult, obscure and of limited relevance to many students.

“There appears to be a belief that only a small percentage of students can excel in mathematics,” Professor Masters said speaking ahead of the conference.

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Making mathematics teaching count

Making mathematics teaching count

Friday, 13 Aug 2010

Teachers, policy makers and researchers will gather in Melbourne next week to review state-of-the-art research in mathematics education and debate how lessons learned from this research can be put into practice.

The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) annual conference opens on Monday. The conference is a sell out and, with around 800 delegates, one of ACER’s largest ever conferences.

ACER’s chief executive Professor Geoff Masters says the theme of this year’s conference was chosen to highlight that mathematics education is an area of high priority in Australia.

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