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Mathematics Matters - Summary of the First Progress Report (June 2007)


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Created on 18 June 2007 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 23 November 2007 by ncetm_administrator

The NCETM Mathematics Matters Project has published its first report.

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Progress Report (June 2007) - Introduction
The introduction section comprises of the following:

 
 The Rationale (Background and Rationale)
 
 The Exercise (The Mathematics Project Activity Plan)
 
 The Programme for the Initial Conference
 
 Participants (Initial Conference Participants)
 
 Conference People (Conference Leaders)
 
 How the initial conference paper was compiled

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Report on the First Discussion at the NCETM Mathematics Matters Project Conference May 2007
The first discussion asked 'What are the principles and values that underpin the learning of mathematics?', key points covered were as follows:

 
 What values and purposes do you think should underpin mathematics?
 
 What principles for teaching and learning do you think should underpin mathematics education?
 
 The gap between ideal and implemented values.

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Report on the Second Discussion at the NCETM Mathematics Matters Project Conference May 2007
The second discussion gives 'Examples of practices that reflect and interpret the purposes and values underpinning mathematics education', these were as follows:

 
 Purpose 1 - Fluency in recalling facts and performing skills, examples given were: Manuipulating Irrational Numbers, Recall of Multiplication facts and Developing Positional Language in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
 
 Purpose 2 - Interpretation for concepts and respresentations, examples given were: Number Operations & Practical Probablity.
 
 Purpose 3 - Strategies for investigation and problem solving, examples given were Permutations and Combinations & Pythagoras Theorem.
 
 Purpose 4 - Awareness of the nature and values of the education system, examples given were Problem Solving & Area and Bearings 
 
 Purpose 5 - Appreciation of the power of mathematics in society, examples given were Helicopter investigation & Mechanics 'A' level investigation.

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Report on the Third Discussion at the NCETM Mathematics Matters Project Conference May 2007
The third discussion was 'Factors that inhibit or modify practice', the following were discussed and commented on, followed by 'practical steps to overcome obstacles'.

 
 A taught curriculum that is defined by its assessment
 
 An emphasis on quantities rather than qualities
 
 A language in use at odds with professional values
 
 Different perceived values, principles and expectations held by different constituencies.
 
 Creativity sacrificed on the altars of conformity and adherence
 
 Textbooks geared to examination/test passing rather than to mathematics learning
 
 Teacher confidence in mathematics

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Background Papers for the NCETM Mathematics Matters Project Conference May 2007
The following sections are reported on within the appendices of the full report.

Characteristics of learning and teaching mathematics - extracts from writing over the last 100 years

 
 This paper was sent out with the invitation to the initial conference in order to set an historical context.

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Recent ideas relating to learning and teaching mathematics
 
 This paper was sent out to those who accepted the invitation to the initial conference in May 2007 for the NCETM Mathematics Matters Project in order to focus thinking.

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What constitutes the effective learnng of mathematics? - A discussion paper for NCETM Mathematics Matters Project
 
 This background paper was circulated to delegates to the NCETM Mathematics Project in May 2007.

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Template for recording views on: What constitutes the effective learning of mathematics?
 
 Contribute your views to the ongoing discussion
 
 Make comments in the comment box below
 
 Contribute to the discussion threads in the NCETM Mathematics Matters Project Community, click here to view this community.

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 Click here to view the description of this project.

Please post your comments on this project as we value your contribution to this ongoing work. A comments area is available directly beneath this article.

 
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