Promoting student understanding through complex learning

English, Lyn D. (2010) Promoting student understanding through complex learning. In Brosnan, P., Erchick, D. B, & Flevares, L (Eds.) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Psychology of Mathematics Education, North American Chapter, Columbus, Ohio, pp. 33-42.

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The world’s increasing complexity, competitiveness, interconnectivity, and dependence on technology generate new challenges for nations and individuals that cannot be met by “continuing education as usual” (The National Academies, 2009). With the proliferation of complex systems have come new technologies for communication, collaboration, and conceptualization. These technologies have led to significant changes in the forms of mathematical thinking that are required beyond the classroom. This paper argues for the need to incorporate future-oriented understandings and competencies within the mathematics curriculum, through intellectually stimulating activities that draw upon multidisciplinary content and contexts. The paper also argues for greater recognition of children’s learning potential, as increasingly complex learners capable of dealing with cognitively demanding tasks.

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ID Code: 38012
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published version freely available at Official URL.
Funders: ARC
Keywords: knowledge driven society, children’s learning, complex learners, future-oriented understandings and competencies
ISBN: 9299002797
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Mathematics and Numeracy Curriculum and Pedagogy (130208)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2010 05:18
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 01:31

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