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.