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mathematics decluttering

Mathematics minus numeracy: A first step toward decluttering

Dr Calvin Irons BA. MA. PhD. (Mathematics and Mathematics Education) The process has begun – finally. We hope that the work to review the mathematics (and digital technologies) curriculum over the next 12 months does indeed result in clarity about what is to be taught. The seemingly poor performance by our students in mathematics should not be blamed on them or their teachers. The jargon and lists of poorly connected ideas in the current mathematics curriculum does indeed make it challenging to comprehend.
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The Australian Mathematics Curriculum: Where did we go wrong? Where can we go right?

Written by James Burnett This past month, the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) began its review of the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics to “refine, realign and declutter” the content. This was most likely due to Australia’s poor showing on recent international tests in mathematics. The original standards were written with the intention of addressing the “inch deep and mile wide” curricula that each state had at that time. It’s aim was to provide greater focus to key content in the years where it mattered most, while also freeing up teachers’ time to address that refocus by removing the less essential content. Unfortunately, they missed the mark. Although ACARA affirms that the current standards are “consistent with some of the best curricula internationally,” we are still using valuable teaching hours in the early grades to address less relevant topics, such as probability. Incidentally, our economic peers in Singapore, Finland, and the USA all omitted probability from the early years of their primary curricula long ago.
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Plans ahead to fix teacher shortages and lift standards

How positive maths teachers benefit students

A recent Monash University study has found that positive and confident primary maths teachers embrace student struggle in the classroom, prioritising inquiry-based and student-centred teaching approaches, which ultimately benefits students. Read More

Australia drops in PISA rankings: Should we be worried?

The newly released Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report has raised concerns across the nation, with students in Australia recording their lowest results since this form of international testing began. Read More