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Rich Learning Tasks. The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project Working Group No. 6 - 2007 Conference

Flewelling, Garry, Kepner, Henry, & Ewing, Bronwyn F. (2007) Rich Learning Tasks. The Mathematics Education into the 21st Century Project Working Group No. 6 - 2007 Conference.

Abstract

History of Working Group This is the 5th meeting of the Rich Learning Task working group. Previous meetings: Australia (Palm Cove, Queensland) 2001; Italy (Terrasini, Palermo, Sicily) 2002; Czech Republic (Brno) 2003; Malaysia (Johor Baru) 2005 Introducing the Two Learning Games and Rich Learning Tasks (From Gary's paper.) The classroom can be thought of as an arena in which 'the learning game' is played. At first glance, there would appear to be myriad variations of this game. When stripped to their essentials, however, the number of learning games reduces to two. I label one, 'the knowledge game', the other, 'the sense-making game'. These two learning games are quite different in character and purpose. They make different demands on the players. They are governed by different rules. They have different goals. They foster and reinforce different dispositions, habits, and beliefs in the players. (Of course, there are knowledge and sense-making components in both games. However, knowledge is acquired and used very differently in the two games and the purpose, nature, quality, and quantity of the sense-making is also very different in the two games.) In addition, the habits, and dispositions fostered by one game act as impediments to playing the other game. I then go on to say, Played well, both learning games can prepare players for success in school. However, only the sense-making game prepares players for life beyond the classroom. Unfortunately, the knowledge game is the learning game played most frequently, in most classrooms. Rich Learning Tasks require and foster the playing of the Sense-Making Game.

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Keywords: Mathematics education, rich learning tasks, secondary mathematics, tertiary mathematics, primary mathematics, mathematics teaching and learning, language of mathematics, maths in the wild, sense making game
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Secondary Education (130106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Technical Further and Workplace Education (130108)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (The authors)
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Deposited On: 11 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 23:02

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