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Opening the gate: Improving mathematics attainment


Callingham, R and Beswick, K, Opening the gate: Improving mathematics attainment, Education transforms - Papers and reflections, 14-16 July, The Peter Underwood Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 100-105. ISBN 978-1-86295-845-6 (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’ (Wuo hu zhan long) is a Chinese idiom in which the words ‘Tiger’ and ‘Dragon’ directly refer to people with special hidden talents. This idiom reminds us never to underestimate anybody’s abilities. The research to be discussed relates this message to post-Year 10 education and training aspirations of a sample of 22 Tasmanian Year 10 students. The PhD research was conducted between 2012 and 2014. Twelve of the students who participated in the research attended schools in communities classified as being of low socio-economic status, and were considered by their teachers as ambivalent toward future education participation, including enrolling and completing Years 11 and 12.5 The research is significant at a time when educators and policy makers throughout Australia are concerned with educational disadvantage and are collaborating with researchers to find ways to increase the participation rate of young people in education up to Year 12. Socio-economic disadvantage, cultural attitudes, and the stress of living in impoverished communities places many Tasmanian young people at higher risk of discontinuing education participation after they complete Year 10.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Learner and learning not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Callingham, R (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
ID Code:105648
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2016-01-12
Last Modified:2016-01-12

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