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VET in the middle: Catering for motivational differences in vocational access course in numeracy

Ewing, Bronwyn F., Baturo, Annette R., Cooper, Thomas J., Duus, Elizabeth A., & Moore, Kaitlin M. (2007) VET in the middle: Catering for motivational differences in vocational access course in numeracy. In Woo, J.H., Lew, H.C., Park, K.S., & Seo, D.Y. (Eds.) 31st Annual Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, 17-21 July, 2007, Seoul, South Korea: Seoul National University.

Abstract

Within Queensland, young people who disengage from schooling before Year 11, are required to return to study at school or vocational training institutions in special numeracy and literacy access courses if they do not have a job. This paper describes a study of young people's and teachers' perceptions of teaching and learning at one vocational institution which, because of its location, attracts a significant number of access students who live without parental support. The study found that the young people formed two groups; one which was resistant and resentful, and the other which was participatory and indifferent. The first group had to be cajoled and tempted by intrinsically interesting mathematics activities (e.g., computer based activities) while the second was happy to work through symbolically–based worksheets. However, regardless of group, most of the access students felt 'cheated' by constructivist approaches using materials; rather they wanted procedurally based activities like the traditional school mathematics classrooms in which they had previously failed. This paper reports on early data from one TAFE site.

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ID Code: 14357
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: vocational mathematics education, teaching and learning of mathematics, student engagement
ISSN: 0771-100X
Subjects: 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)
Deposited On: 11 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:36

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