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Increasing the LD50 of mathematics: Re-engaging students in mathematics learning


Beswick, K and Muir, T and Jade, K and Farrington, L and Callingham, R, Increasing the LD50 of mathematics: Re-engaging students in mathematics learning, Mathematics: Launching Futures - Proceedings of the 24th Biennial Conference of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers Inc. (AAMT), 10-13 July 2013, Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 55-64. ISBN 978-1-875900-76-3 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Although most students agree that mathematics is important and useful, many capable students choose not to pursue study of Mathematics when they have the choice. In this paper we describe a project-based learning approach to mathematics adopted in a Year 9–12 school in which none of the teachers were mathematics specialists. Data about students’ views of mathematics and their perceptions of mathematics learning approaches in their current school are presented. The results highlight the negativity towards mathematics that these students felt and the huge task faced by their teachers in attempting re-engage them with learning in the area.

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Item Type: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:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Beswick, K (Professor Kim Beswick)
UTAS Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
UTAS Author:Jade, K (Miss Katara Jade)
UTAS Author:Callingham, R (Associate Professor Rosemary Callingham)
ID Code:85614
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-07-24
Last Modified:2017-12-09
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