Accelerating junior-secondary mathematics

Cooper, Tom, English, Lyn D., & Nutchey, David (2014) Accelerating junior-secondary mathematics. In Oesterle, S., Nicol, C., Liljedahl, P., & Allan, D. (Eds.) Joint Meeting of the International Group and the North American Chapter of the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME-NA38), 15-20 July 2014, Vancouver, Canada.

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Abstract

Unfortunately, in Australia there is a prevalence of mathematically underperforming junior-secondary students in low-socioeconomic status schools. This requires targeted intervention to develop the affected students’ requisite understanding in preparation for post-compulsory study and employment and, ultimately, to increase their life chances. To address this, the ongoing action research project presented in this paper is developing a curriculum of accelerated learning, informed by a lineage of cognitivist-based structural sequence theory building activity (e.g., Cooper & Warren, 2011). The project’s conceptual framework features three pillars: the vertically structured sequencing of concepts; pedagogy grounded in students’ reality and culture; and professional learning to support teachers’ implementation of the curriculum (Cooper, Nutchey, & Grant, 2013). Quantitative and qualitative data informs the ongoing refinement of the theory, the curriculum, and the teacher support.

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ID Code: 80200
Item Type: Conference Item (Other)
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Mathematics, Junior school, Secondary School
ISBN: 9780864913616
ISSN: 0771-100X
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
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Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Authors
Deposited On: 19 Jan 2015 01:20
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2015 01:21

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