Thursday 17 March 2016

Does school reduce your ability to apply maths to the world?

The 'suspension of sense-making' has always fascinated me.  I hope this clip creates some interest and discussion among those of us in the adult sector.

Some of you will think I'm being a little heavy handed. Perhaps. But I do think its an issue that receives very little attention here in the NZ tertiary sector. 

The key point is to think about 'embedding numeracy into tasks, not resources'.

Alacaci, C., & Pasztor, A. (2002). Effects of flawed assessment preparation materials on students’ mathematical reasoning: a study. Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 21, 225-253.
Reusser, K. (2000). Success and failure in school mathematics: effects of instruction and school environment. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 9, 17-26.
Reusser, K., & Stebler, R. (1997). Every word problem has a solution – the social rationality of
            mathematical modelling in schools. Learning and Instruction 7(4), 309-327.
Reusser, K., & Stebler, R. (1998). Realistic mathematical modelling through the solving of performance tasks. 
             Paper presented at the 7th European conference for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI),                    Athens, Greece. University of Zurich, Institute of Education. 

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