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The proposed new maths curriculum doesn’t dumb down content. It actually demands more of students


Baker, P and Callingham, R, The proposed new maths curriculum doesn't dumb down content. It actually demands more of students, The Conversation, Australia, 9 June 2021, pp. 1-4. (2021) [Newspaper Article]

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In recent days, dozens of maths professors and teachers wrote an open letter airing concerns about a new draft national maths curriculum. Their concerns include dropping "mastery" of times tables and a "faddish" emphasis on student-led learning.

A proposed curriculum for foundation to year 10 Australian students was released for consultation at the end of April. For maths, it is actually an improvement on the one we have and demands more of students.

If applied in the proposed form, the new curriculum would result in a deeper understanding of key concepts. It expects students to be able to explain their maths reasoning rather than present their answer without justification. And talking about maths is important. Students learn better when they’re able to articulate what they are thinking and explain this to another person.

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Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:mathematics curriculum
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Mathematics and numeracy curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Callingham, R (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
ID Code:145774
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2021-08-05
Last Modified:2021-08-09
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